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Hi everyone ;w;! I'm looking for a bit of advice and I was hoping I could find some here. uwu

Recently I've been auctioning adoptables of an original species of mine, and I was contacted by a reputable art doll maker looking to make art dolls out of them. They want to turn them into resin cast art dolls and sell batches of them, relying on me to make the designs, and in return they'll pay me $10 (the usual SB/flatrate I sell each design for) for each one, adding an additional $20 for each one that sells (making it $30, or my usual autobuy in the auctions).

I'm not complaining about it and personally think it's a fair price, but at the same time considering they'll be profiting off my original idea, should I be charging any extra for usage rights or etc? What I'm worried about is if she ever raises the price on them, and profits even more off my original idea- should there be a contract of some sort for something like this or even just overall for this kind of agreement? If so, what should it consist of and how would I go about doing one? I've never done anything like this before so I'm a mix of nervous and excited, haha.

Thank you so much in advance for any responses, I really appreciate the help /w\!

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Mar. 26th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
I have absolutely no experience with regards to what is a fair price for a design that is made into a tangible good, so hopefully someone else can give you advice on that aspect.

What I will say however is that you will absolutely need a binding contract for both your sakes.

It should define clearly the price she pays you per design/unit sold (whatever you agree on) and whether there is a LIMIT in how many units she can make of each design or amount of time you grant her permission to use these designs. Since you're also concerned if she raises her prices, it's worth adding a clause that the cost for rights to your design will need to be renegotiated if she raises her own.
Additionally it should also specify the designs in question you are giving usage rights for.
Mar. 26th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
I would have thought negotiating a percentage of either profits or purchase price would deal with the issue of what happens if the price rises...
Mar. 27th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
I was just letting the OP know that adding a clause on the matter was an option because they seemed concerned about it. Why is that an issue to you?


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