Should I give my images to a publishing house that is not offering payment?

Hi guys,
Hoping for some advice….
I have been contacted by a publishing house asking if I would like to submit some of my watercolours for an upcoming book on watercolour painting. While I am totally keen to do this, there has been no offer of payment. Is this normal?
cheers
marion

Comments

  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...almost 4 years ago

    Marion, you should have some questions about this. Is this a reputable company? Are they well known in the publishing world? And yes, there should be a contract offering with provisions for some type of compensation. They will make money from the sale of the book, why shouldn’t you my friend? Good luck.

  • Thanks Paul, and yes, they seem reputable, well at least their website looks very good. But there isn’t any mention of a contact for compensation, no mention at all of payment.

    – Marion Chapman

  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...almost 4 years ago

    Let them know that you are willing to sign a contract, providing there are provisions for compensation included.

  • thanks Paul

    – Marion Chapman

  • Zefira
    Zefiraalmost 4 years ago

    ask what the payment will be….. then negotiate from there. You may find that you’re happy to do it for very little as it will be promoting your work but keep in mind that your art has a value.

  • thanks Zefira

    – Marion Chapman

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganalmost 4 years ago

    If the book is being sold as a money making venture, I would be rather hesitant to give my work freely, if I were you, Marion. There should be some form of contract and a method whereby you would share in the profits with a percentage for each book sold etc. It would be worth asking questions now, before getting involved. As Zefira says above, “your art has value”, and they need to recognize that too.

  • thanks Bev. I have sent another email to the publisher asking more questions as you suggest. Will let you know how that goes.

    – Marion Chapman

  • steve2727
    steve2727almost 4 years ago

    Premium ART requires Premium CASH :) There are a lot of Sharks out there’ Good luck’ and WELL DONE!!

  • thanks steve

    – Marion Chapman

  • BYRON
    BYRONalmost 4 years ago

    Do NOT give your work away for free, and before giving them anything – consult a Lawyer who specialises in this sort of thing. You could get ripped off to the tune of thousands of dollars.

  • thanks Byron

    – Marion Chapman

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 4 years ago

    If the publisher is reputable and the contract is a good one yes….often artists that are being published for the first time don’t get paid as publishers feel that the publicity is worth more than if the artist were to take out an ad in an art magazine….sometimes you actually have to pay the publisher to show your work in the book… books like the Splash series of watercolor books run competitions and the winners get their works published…to enter the competition you have to pay a fee…in the end it is up to you….it is the contract that is important….the wording has to be specific to the deal in hand..in other words they can’t use your work for anything else….
    I have had work shown in various publications, with no compensation except for the publicity which turned out to be invaluable….however it is entirely up to you….

  • thanks Janis, that’s so interesting, and you are right about the publicity. The contract however is only about me handing over the rights to the paintings. Can i email it to you?

    – Marion Chapman

  • ©   Elaine van Dyk
    © Elaine van...almost 4 years ago

    Value your work, and others will value it too…… I’d definitely want some sort of contract. They’re not publishing work out of the goodness of their hearts. It’s their business, and they are reaping some financial reward for producing whatever magazine, book, article they are producing, so published artists should expect a slice of the cake.

  • thanks Elaine, always love hearing from you. They are offering a contract but it’s very loose.

    – Marion Chapman

  • Janis Read-Walters
    Janis Read-Wal...almost 4 years ago

    NO we all get these scams and they take your work and you get no recognition DONT DO IT xxxxxxxxxxx

  • thanks Janis

    – Marion Chapman

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 4 years ago

    By the way you never hand over rights…you are just lending them the image for a specific purpose…..the contract has to be watertight….even if you were to be paid for this project, without the right wording you may be allowing them to use the images in other publications……payment does not guarantee anything…it’s the contract that matters….

  • thanks so much Janis – i’ve reread the contract and realised now what it means – can’t thank you enough for your excellent advice

    – Marion Chapman