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I wish we could gripe about low $$. Sigh. lav

On 1/3/2016 11:09 AM, gretchen halpert wrote:
> Hi all, especially you picture book folks out there,
>
> I'm writing a contract for a picture book and would appreciate some input.
>
> Here's the background:
>
> -I will be underpaid, and want to supplement my potential earnings.
> -Payment is by author not publisher.  Author wants to pay flat out vs 
> a royalty. I agree, but since the budget is far far below standard 
> fees, I would like some kind of royalty if the book does well.
> I also want some incentive/interest in the ongoing success of the book.
> -The author does not want to be burdened with yearly statement 
> (royalty figures). Who pays royalties (always the publisher?) Are the 
> income figures in the hands of the author or publisher? Years ago, I 
> was paid flat out for illustrations (not simply and advance) plus I 
> received half of the author's royalties (2.5%). I never received any 
> statements regarding any income the book received. Perhaps there were 
> no royalites to share, perhaps there were. I never knew.
>
> I have no gripe with the low budget, but I do want to share in any 
> success of the publication, and I want to have some incentive to 
> promote it.
>
> I will own full copyright of the illustrations, the originals, and 
> will ask for x numbers of copies, and the opportunity to purchase 
> extra copies at cost--which will probably be close to retail.
>
> Originally, the publisher and author assumed I would also do the 
> layout, font choosing, text formatting, cover design, etc. as part of 
> my job. Due to my time restraints, and my recommendation, they will 
> hire a layout person. I assume they have little idea of the time 
> involved in creating the artwork, and in the pre-publication work.
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> Any thoughts/advice?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Gretchen
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> Gretchen Halpert
> Illustrator/educator
> Scientific Illustration Distance Program
> www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com 
> <http://www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com>
> www.gretchenhalpert.com <http://www.gretchenhalpert.com>
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