Hey guys! (long time no post.)
I've not been very active on here because in 2020, I've been working on a whole bunch of paid projects. Mostly self published authors, but I also landed my first gig with a major German publisher. (might make another post to brag a bit, who knows.)
It was a young-reader's book, so cover design + vignettes, and the project went so well that they requested me back just a month or so later for a three book series starting this year.
It's a really exciting project from a narrative and also from a novelty standpoint, so I am thrilled to be involved with it. I've signed the contract for the first book in the series, and of course that means I can only guess at the future.
So this has made me wonder though whether I have room for contract negotiations in this kind of scenario. For the first book, I was offered 4000 Euro and 2% royalties, starting from the first book sold. In exchange, I am doing 1 cover illustration, 20 full-page, full-bleed illustrations and a further 20-odd vignettes. It's my biggest project to date!
If all goes to plan and the second book goes forward, I think they'd likely make me a similar offer for the following volumes. So I guess I'm curious: Does that sound like the expected amount of money for a fairly new illustrator and a young-reader's book? And if there are three separate contracts, how acceptable is it in general to try and renegotiate from one book to the next? (Since of course the publisher is likely counting on keeping the same illustrator for a whole series.)
The publisher has been amazing to work with! Any experiences or opinions anyone can share?