If memory serves me well, I'm sure there was a thread on this exact same scenario around a year ago. Anyone...?
Thanks so much for looking, Syzygy. I'd also be interested in any information about co-branding. Again, thanks in advance!
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.
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 :)
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.
|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 :)
|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!
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