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I'll be very interested in the replies, as this is the reason I stopped
illustrating small books.

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On Sun, Jan 3, 2016 at 2:09 PM, gretchen halpert <[log in to unmask]
> 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.
>
> Any thoughts/advice?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Gretchen
>
>
> Gretchen Halpert
> Illustrator/educator
> Scientific Illustration Distance Program
> www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com
> www.gretchenhalpert.com
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