Sorry for having misunderstood but you have to agree that your original posting led one easily down the way I reacted. Now that your fixed fee already in hand, you can definitely negotiate for more. What sort of a book is it? Will it sell? Does it have mass appeal? You would do well to consult a lawyer about drawing up an ironclad agreement. If you are paid royalty on the copies sold, do you have means at your disposal to monitor the sales? Or you have to depend on the say-so of the author or the publisher about the number of copies sold?
Steven Robinson wrote:
In actual fact, my question relates to the following:
I was initially offered a fixed fee for the work based on straightforward word count but I've now been offered participation in future sales volume.
It is coffee-table style book, intended for global release and as a kind of 'calling card' as it were for local govt. etc...
I was wondering if anyone can provide an insight into my rights to copies sold abroad as it will be marketed as a book in a single volume with two language versions side by side.
The author has offered me participation as above and beyond the initial fixed fee. Just wondered if he has the freedom to offer such terms when the book is being printed through a publishing house. They've asked him to ask me to sign permission for my translated version in order to go to print.
Does that explain the idea a little more clearly?
Anyway help etc... more than useful.
Many sincere thanks!