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04/25/2007 10:22:30 PM · #1
I was approached by an editor for a Danish publisher (Schultz Forlag) to use one of my photos for the cover in an upcoming book. He asked for a price range, so I plan on using this site to calculate a price:

//www.photographersindex.com/stockprice.htm

Is this a good way to determine a price? I have already asked him for the number of books to be printed.

Thanks,
Chad

PS: I'm stoked!
04/25/2007 10:25:37 PM · #2
COOL! What kinda book? Fiction? Textbook? etc?
04/25/2007 10:27:03 PM · #3
Chad, I have no idea - but I wanted to say congrats! This is really cool that they want your photo on a book. Way to go!! :)
04/25/2007 10:36:29 PM · #4
It looks to be an editorial book. From his email:

"...a book about Danish citizens who find themselves in war zones and/or natural disaster areas..."

This is the image:

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-Chad
04/25/2007 11:08:45 PM · #5
That's totally awesome... both the shot AND the sale! :D
04/26/2007 12:19:27 AM · #6
I use the calculator over at www.fotosearch.com, check rights managed and search.

Yesterday I sold two tsunami photos for $1200 (cover + inside; 50k copies for some fema magazine. My experience show that it's easier to get a deal if you cut say 30% off the fotosearch price.

That's a stunning image btw!
04/26/2007 01:19:27 AM · #7
Originally posted by terje:

I use the calculator over at www.fotosearch.com, check rights managed and search.

Yesterday I sold two tsunami photos for $1200 (cover + inside; 50k copies for some fema magazine. My experience show that it's easier to get a deal if you cut say 30% off the fotosearch price.

That's a stunning image btw!


WOW, now shows Terje is now longer a member .... hummmm that was quick
04/26/2007 02:48:34 AM · #8
this is most excellent advice
Originally posted by terje:

I use the calculator over at www.fotosearch.com, check rights managed and search.

Yesterday I sold two tsunami photos for $1200 (cover + inside; 50k copies for some fema magazine. My experience show that it's easier to get a deal if you cut say 30% off the fotosearch price.

That's a stunning image btw!


i'm glad to see that this is working for others, as well

Originally posted by terje (in another thread):

Skip, you rule!

This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for!

Thanks bro

more info in this thread ;-)

and ditto the stunning image! most excellent cover shot--congrats!!
04/26/2007 08:25:25 AM · #9
Thanks everyone. I got word from the editor that it is only for 1800 copies.

-Chad
04/26/2007 08:45:24 AM · #10
Originally posted by cpurser:

Is this a good way to determine a price?


That is an excellent way to determine the price - then remain flexible but firm (make sense?)

Or go with the microstock pricing structure and just ask for $1.00. :-p

Congrats on your pending sale BTW - how did they find your image?
04/26/2007 09:19:23 AM · #11
Wow... Way to go Chad! No clue on pricing, but congrats! Is that Bayou Savage?
04/26/2007 09:24:55 AM · #12
I've quoted him a price of $650, based on the original calculator and terje's recommendation. Wish me luck!

Trey- yes, that is Bayou Savage last summer during the drought. That spot is now under water again.

I've asked him where he found my image, and I'm waiting on a response. The title he quoted is only found on istockphoto, but I'm confused as to why he didn't buy it from them as an Extended License. But I'm not complaining!

-Chad
04/26/2007 09:32:05 AM · #13
I would think $650 is a slam dunk. That's great - it feels good be appreciated - especially monetarily!

04/30/2007 08:32:16 AM · #14
Turns out $650 wasn't a slam dunk. They choked at that price, and we settled on $175. I know that is low, but they said they would have to find another picture otherwise. Heck, it is better than the $2 I would have gotten from istock. Hey, at least I get my photo on a book cover, and I get a free copy :-)

Oh, and it wasn't the picture I posted earlier; it is this one:

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-Chad
04/30/2007 08:51:15 AM · #15
Cool! Congrats on the sale. So jealous!
04/30/2007 09:18:04 AM · #16
Thats really great news. $175 is better than nothing!

Congrats - Post a picture of the book when you get it ;-)
04/30/2007 01:51:50 PM · #17
that's exactly how it's done. You did good.

You go in with a fair price, and then stay flexible enough to make the sale.

I've been making my living solely with that tactic for 15 years - I think you did good!

Congrats.
04/30/2007 02:27:07 PM · #18
Congrats again, Chad!
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