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Someone wants to edit my eBook

To be branded with their company name

     
9:13 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I wrote an eBook and have recently been contacted by a company that wants to brand it with their company name. They would give it away with each item that is purchased from their store.

They want to know how much I will charge to let them do so. IHow do I determine what to charge? Much thanks in advance for any help.

9:38 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If memory serves me well, I'm sure there was a thread on this exact same scenario around a year ago. Anyone...?

Syzygy

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10:10 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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)

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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:

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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.

Syzygy

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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 :)

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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.

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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 :)

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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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