Hi Britt.

They were definitely trying to take the easy way out.

I sent a very direct email saying that since I'm only being paid in royalties, a slightly larger advance was not more compensation in the long run, and that I'd rather be paid up front. I asked if the amount they were proposing to add to the advance would be a reasonable amount, and they just responded today with a new contract for that amount.

Phew! I knew it wasn't right, but was happy to get a little feedback from the group, and not feel so alone in my frustration.

Thanks again!

Happy summer and conference, everyone.


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It does sort of sound like they have a fixed budget and are trying to wiggle out of a mistake they made without having to pay additional money they had not planned for.  It seems to me you have delivered on the contract already, per their very spesific spesifications. You might suggest they need to provide a new contract, or contract addendum, for the additional art services (assuming they have not bought your soul with the original contract- i.e. unending revisions until they are happy). I'm sure they will take your additional free work effort if you give it to them, but they will probably recognize what they are asking of you if you point out the issue in a professional way.



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