I’m posting this entry without any names as I don’t want to cause the concerned parties any embarrassment, and this is not an accusation in any way. I just wanted to raise my worries regarding an issue I sure a good few of you will recognise as being personally relevant.
I was recently approached by an individual on DA who requested high resolution images for an anthropomorphic anthology they planned to print later this year. The opening letter explained the process of royalties divided up between the artists, proportionate to the number of pieces published in this book. I do not work on the promise of royalties and will admit to being immediately sceptical. I will call this DA member Person A.
Whether to encourage me or not, they then posted a long list of other artists who had already agreed to be in this publication. Art work is chosen at the discretion of Person A, and they also intend to post a species list for those who want to submit new art for consideration. Not guaranteed inclusion.
Now apart form the initial explanation, I have seen no contract and can not discern if this person has any previous publication experience. When asked to send high resolution files via email I had to refuse, since no contract equals no agreement. To my annoyance I was then told a contract was not “high on their priorities.”
Personally I feel that a contract is a fundamentally important priority which protects an artist’s rights, along with many other vital aspects of commercial publication.
What do people make of this? Is anyone else doubtful or concerned by it? I am not making any accusations of sinister intent, as I actually believe Person A intends to do as they say. But to what extent they plan to fund it themselves, and how they will pay/protect the artists involved I can not say.
To clarify, Person A has NOT requested any bank details or money upfront. Simply high resolution artwork.