I have spent a good deal of time in the past week speaking with artists about an upcoming book project. After finding a dozen or so artists and designers I liked, I sent inquiries along with specifications. The responses were things like:
- “I only sell rights for 1-2 years, and after that you must renew in order to keep using the image.”
- “You must know that I am only a digital artist, I do not design art for covers.”
- “You must read my terms, and then if you sign my terms agreement, we can move forward to discussing how many revisions and deadlines you will need.”
These are actually portions of responses that I received.
If these methods actually work, it is all well and good. But I suspect things aren’t working quite so well for these artists.