| 9:38 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
If memory serves me well, I'm sure there was a thread on this exact same scenario around a year ago. Anyone...?
| 10:10 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Thanks so much for looking, Syzygy. I'd also be interested in any information about co-branding. Again, thanks in advance!
| 10:56 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Sorry, I shouldn't have opened my mouth before having confirmed that what I thought was true... Couldn't find a directly related thread at all, so guess it was a figment of my imagination.
These threads are related, but pretty tenuously so:
In response to your questions I would want to know:
* what is the size of your ebook (how many words/pages)
* what type of profile does your expertise/reputation and ebook have in the market place/sector
* are you expected to transfer or lose any rights (related to your material) to the company
* what do they actually intend to do with it (ie, on what sort of scale - is it national, regional - and for how long?)
* how much do they intend to spend on this as a marketing exercise
* how much do you think your product is worth to them to help them promote their products?
This is by no means a comprehensive list of questions. There are lots of things I would want to know before looking to agree any sort of fee/deal. I would also look to engage a solicitor/lawyer to ensure that your interests and rights are secured.
Best I can offer I'm afraid.
| 5:44 pm on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)|
In addition to the questions suggested by Syzygy, I'd also ask what type of licence they require. Don't sell all rights, whatever you do! This sounds like it could be a nice little earner for you.
Is is a one-off use for a single print run - how many copies - or are they going to want to repeat the print run?
I can't give you any suggestions of what to charge, as each case is different, but I'd suggest a one-time licence, charging whatever you feel is appropriate. If they want to do another print-run in future, they can purchase another licence, with repeat fee :)
| 7:03 pm on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for all the helpful information. I'd be happy to answer the questions (though I think they were rhetorical) but I'm sure you understand why I wouldn't do so in a public forum.
I can say this. Had we worked out a deal about 25 - 30,000 ebooks would have been sent out annually.
It may be a moot point, however, since I haven't heard back from the company for the past day and a half. Maybe they changed their mind. We were corresponding about it until I wrote back and asked them to make me a fair and reasonable offer. Maybe it's a good thing in light of all the issues that both of you raise.
One door possibly closed; another opened. An entirely different request came in yesterday and I've already signed the agreement. :-) It'll be several months before I can say anything about it.
Again, thank you for all the help. I'll be using this thread as a stepping stone to educate myself more on the subject.
| 11:15 pm on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|One door possibly closed; another opened. An entirely different request came in yesterday and I've already signed the agreement. :-) It'll be several months before I can say anything about it. |
Hope you read the small-print ;)
You must have had a guardian angel steering you away from the first deal, and this one is your reward. May it bring in lotsa lolly :)
| 1:12 am on Jan 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|Hope you read the small-print ;) |
Actually, there was no fine print and even no money. But the deal has the potential of giving my site wide-spread exposure internationally; and that should translate into more associate money.
|You must have had a guardian angel steering you away from the first deal, and this one is your reward. May it bring in lotsa lolly :) |
I do have a guardian angel. Have believed this most of my adult life even though lifes experiences might dissuade others...but that's a whole other story.
What I don't understand is why a company doesn't have the decency to at least respond and say they are no longer interested.
<sigh> I must just be an overly effusive American. LOL!
| 10:16 am on Jan 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Sorry if there is confusion about my reply with a different screen name. I learned a week or so ago that you're not supposed to sign up with a nickname matching your domain name, so I signed up with another and am backing away from using the first. I switch between two browsers and didn't pay attention to the fact that each one is logged in with different name. I've now taken care of that.