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Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 19 May 2014 18:34:22 -0400
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Ouch! Glad you have a back channel to communicate about the issues.


On 5/19/14, 6:25 PM, Lore Ruttan wrote:
> Ok, just wanting to vent rather than looking for answers.
> I was asked very early on to do some illustrations for a children's book for a non-profit science
> foundation. I very graciously offered to let them use one of my illustrations in their kickstarter
> campaign for free given that the funds raised would be used to pay artists. They hired a
> organization to run their kickstarter campaign and I haven't heard anything more since Christmas.
> So, today, I get an e-mail asking me to send finished preliminary drawings to them by the end of
> next week and that I would have 2 weeks to complete the artwork once the drawings were approved. I
> then look at the dollar amounts being offered, which are low of course, and see that on top of all
> that, they want me to sign a work for hire agreement. I am just foaming at the mouth as you can
> imagine.
> Fortunately, the ace in my pocket is that each artist has been paired with a scientist and I am
> paired with someone who was a mentor in grad school, has hired me previously for artwork, who
> happens to belong to the National Academy of Sciences and who has received numerous awards for her
> writing. She would have no hesitation pulling her chapter from the book.
> But still, .... really? ..... gobsmacked, just completely gobsmacked.
> L

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