Ashley Markley (empressamihisss) wrote in artists_beware,
Ashley Markley
empressamihisss
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Question.

Okay, so... I've had this friend* who's writing a novel, and he wants me to be a part of it. I can't give specifics, but it's a teen-novel with, well, art in it. Clean, tame, cute furry art. And I said alright, not really knowing what would happen with the agreement.

He e-mails me ideas, specifics, questions, parts of the story and everything, okay, sure... I also speak to him over the phone and on MSN, and he doesn't bother me too much. No, it's not that he's bothering me about it... He just doesn't want to compensate me until -after- the book gets published. Wha...? So, I'd be doing art for him for free, while he's writing the novel. And I'd get paid -after- the book gets published.

It's not that I don't trust him, but he's not treating this deal as a buisness proposal, and it's concerning to me, as I believe he probably thinks he can get away with it because of his close status with me. :/ Should I be getting paid while this is in effect, being written and before it's published? Or once (if.) it gets published, should I be collecting royalties from him? I really don't know what to do in this situation. It's a bunch of sketches of a mock-up character he has for the character in the story, and something akin to LJ "mood" icons, and.. It sounds like a fun project, but when should I be compensated? When do I put my foot down and tell him I -need- to get compensation for my work?

I feel rather silly asking this here, but any and all comments on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

( * = He's my boyfriend. x_x )

EDIT: Thank you all a ton for all of your comments! Though I have not answered many of you on this topic, it turns out I was only an addition in the project because he thought it would be a fun thing for us to do, but failed to realize I take most art proposals as serious business ventures. :/

My payment would've been dependent upon if the book was successful, and guys - I think you misunderstood me. This novel is NOT a furry novel. It's somewhat of a teen-drama
, of a high school junior coping with being a part of the (clean) portion of the subculture, as well as dealing with an internet-persona vs. her real life and goals as a struggling artist. (However, due to the fights he and I have been in over this, I have no idea if he has any plans to further continue with it. He DID write a fully fleshed out prologue, but that was about it.)

He wanted to include my art, not in a picture-book style, but once in a great while to maybe demonstrate the girls feelings when she herself was too worn out to write up some huge "post" about how she felt or what was going on. (It would be a journal-style novel. Think Flowers For Algernon, almost.) But, this is something I just wanted to clarify.

Thank you all for your advice and help! <3

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