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Commissioning questions

I've got a commission idea, but I don't want to get swindled.
I would like some advice about this before I do anything.
Here's the idea:
I go on a furry auction and have people buy advertising space in my furry comic book. They'd be sponsors, basically. They would be limited to four pages, and charged extra for color. I'd print about 10 comics with their ad in it.

Unfortunately, I sense that there are way too many ways for people to take advantage of me when I'm doing this auction. How do I go about making and enforcing a contract for this situation?
I suppose making long distance phone calls to the buyer is also a requirement...
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akktri
May. 26th, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're reading correctly
You have to realize that printing comics takes money, and if they pay only $10, I can't afford to print a hundred copies, except to take a greater loss than profit.
auradeva
May. 27th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Re: Yes, you're reading correctly
You need to think your idea through. No one is going to pay for add space if only 10 people are going to see it. Everyone I know who prints their own comics independantly hardly ever make more than what they need to print their next issue and put a lot of their own funds into it even after getting adds.

Also, do not print someone's add if they do not pay you first! You don't need a signed contract or phone number. If they are really interested they will keep in touch with you.
auradeva
May. 26th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
I don't get it. If people pay you for space then how can they take advantage of you?

They pay you for said space and send you their add, you print the comic and pass it out, done and done.
akktri
May. 26th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
Example situation
Okay. Here's a way they could cheat me.

"I want you to print the comics with my ad in it FIRST, then I will pay you." And then they never do, and you're stuck with whatever number of their printed ads, and you end up doing free advertising for them.
apoidea
May. 26th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
You could just use email. I've never talked with anyone whos commissioned me on the phone
akktri
May. 27th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
I could use homing pigeons, too.
The problem with e-mail is that sometimes it is very SLOOOOOWWWW. Not as slow as postal mail, but very slow nonetheless.
If you have a question, sometimes it takes forever for them to answer. Even the simplest of questions!
"Do you like how this looks?" You ask, and you don't get a response until next year because aliens abducted the computer or some other excuse.
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akktri
May. 27th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
Define flat rate.
I have no idea what a flat rate is. Define it, please.
The plan would be to print 10 comics, with their four pages worth of ads in each of the 10 comics, then stop.
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