By understanding a client's business, a profitable contract can be created. Use these 8 steps to ensure a quality, long-term, business relationship.
Business PlanHelp authors build their business. A strong business plan means a longer and more profitable relationship for author and illustrator.
Have the client provide the professional editor's contact information before beginning a project. Require a final edited copy of the story from the editor. Also be aware edits are at the expense of the author.
Decide who is responsible for the copyrighting costs. General fee is $45.00
ISBNs & Barcodes & LCCN
The publisher or author is responsible for the ISBN and Barcode costs. These links are useful to single ISBN's or blocks. (Note: Authors wanting printed and eBook versions must have two ISBN's, one for each version.)
PrintersHave the client provide the printer's contact information before starting a project. Develop a firm timeline for completion. Also be aware the revisions at the press are an additional charge to the author or publisher. Ask for the printer's quote to ensure the illustrations match the author or publisher's requested quote.
Contract TemplatesUse the Graphic Artist Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines as a tool for educating clients about services. Develop at least three standard illustration contracts based on your illustrative niche. Include an attorney when creating your contracts before presenting to clients. Below are three types of Children's Book Contracts.
- Royalty - Children’s Book
- Copyright - Children’s Book
- Purchase - Children’s Book
DistributorBook stores, festivals, libraries, and schools will ask, "Where can I get the book?" A distributor will answer that question. Author supplied books are sometimes difficult to attain. Have a good relationship with a distributor. Make sure the author's book will be going into mass markets from the first day of release. This will mean job security.
- IPG (Independent Publishers Group) is a wonderful distributor for Independent Publishers
AwardsRefer authors to reputable awards that apply to their book. Awards offer recognition not only for authors, but also for illustrators. Having an award-winning record builds credibility within the illustration field.
Mark Wayne Adams