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Mon, 5 May 1997 02:41:57 -0400
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In a message dated 5/3/97 5:20:44 AM, you wrote:

<<Dear SciArt subscribers:

We are working with a publisher on a large book project in which the
royalties are being split evenly between myself and the author. The
contract states that we will receive 12% on gross receipts for domestic
sales, and 5% for international. Can anyone tell me whether this is
typical for health science publishing? We are going to inquire about why
there is a discrepancy, but any advice would be appreciated. Also, the
publisher is paying for the illustrations, separately from royalties, but
they want to have ownership of the art work. They plan to create
electronic versions of the book, and have offered the same royalty
agreement, but I am wondering if I should try to retain ownership of the
illustrations; or at least write into the contract that I will collect
additional royalties on any use of the illustrations exclusive from our
book. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,>>

My advice is don't sell the originals. Only sell usage rights. The percentage
doesn't seem out of line.--Paul Mirocha