You can find a floor for your bid by looking at the prices charge on the managed Stock Photo web sites like Corbis, and Getty. Some are very specific. At Getty you can get a report like this:
73685980 License Details
Use Retail book cover - Print and electronic
Size Up to 1 full page
Print run Up to 10,000
Distribution No electronic distribution
Start date Feb 19, 2009
End date Feb 19, 2014
Territory Bermuda, United Kingdom
Industry Publishing - Retail Books
Exclusivity No Exclusivity
Contact us for exclusivity
Image number: Collection: Title:
73685980 De Agostini Picture Library Close-up of an Atlantic salmon laying eggs (Salmo salar)
Price: $ 1,050.00 USD
Since the image they want is not available anywhere, this price above seems like a reasonable floor for your efforts.
Then consider the costs of doing business and what your hourly rate for creating art should be (I see rates from $50-$100/hr being realistic for a freelance business) and then how long this will actually take you.
That number is possibly your high end of the price range, since you are not selling the whole project off, just the use on this one publication most likely. The 10,000 copy run is a hint that this is not a huge project. But it certainly has potential to go into paperback or second printings, if done well.
Nick Mayer wrote:
> Hi Frank,
> Thanks so much for your advice-- do you know of any online resources comparable to the GAG text?
> On Feb 19, 2009, at 11:04 AM, Frank Ippolito wrote:
>> all good things to consider. but rather than asking, you should outline what your deal is. offer an estimate on the geo they stipulated, giving numbers for both non-exclusive and exclusive, limited-market. (do find out if this is a coffee table book, popular guide, or textbook.) and state that you will supply hi res digital artwork (original art is no longer on the table these days). the numbers you arrive at can be found using a guide such as the GAG pricing and ethical guidelines. ' luck.