> Remember a month or so back when MJ posted a note from Prentice
>categories of scientific illustration they needed artists for...
> Today I received a phone call from Prentice Hall as an invitation
>to bid on
>I have never bid on a book, and I'm not exactly sure what I'm dealing with
> They faxed me many sheets of terms and conditions, it's a "work
>for hire" so
>they keep all rights.
THe first advice I would like to offer (although controversial) is to ask
them WHY they want a "Work for Hire" contract. Explain to them that you
can sell them all the rights they want in another type of "Artist/Publisher
Work for Hire legally means that you are their employee (are they offering
you benefits?), you are drawing exactly want they say, you are contributing
NO creative or cognitive input, they can put Mickey Mouse ears on your work
if they want, etc.
I certainly am not going to tell anyone to turn down work but I would at
least attempt to discuss this with the publisher. Remind them, they can
buy all the rights they want without a Work for Hire contract.
The running joke in the profession has always been if they want Work for
Hire, add two "0's" to your quote.