Old 09-13-2013, 07:30 AM   #1
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Good evening, folks -

I was recently contacted via Flickr by one Michael Rhodes, the author of the book North American Railyards, about using one of my photos in a second edition of the book he plans to publish.

Here's an Amazon link to the first edition: http://www.amazon.com/North-American.../dp/0760315787

Now, this is obviously a for-profit endeavour, and as I understand it, a common item of compensation for any contributors is a copy of the book itself - but is this asking a bit too much if it's only a single photo?

The communication was somewhat informal, but passes the basic smell test - besides his book being available on several Web sites, his Flickr photostream, for instance (which I can't post now since Flickr is down for maintenance) has some pretty good stuff in it. He also seems to have written several other books on British and Australian railroads.

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Old 09-13-2013, 09:35 AM   #2
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Absolutely not, he obviously hit a popular topic, popular enough to warrant a second edition. What is the worst that could happen? He says no? Then you can go from there, offer him more photos, see if he bites on that and then see if you can get the book. Odds are, if he has written so many, he could probably afford to spare one...
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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For profit? Sure, but you have to wonder how profitable. Don't be surprised when he offers you a free copy and, of course, credit for your shots. I'm working with a guy right now who wants to use a few of my shots with the same "compensation." I'm considering it a "resume builder."
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:24 PM   #4
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I always require a comp'd copy of the publication in addition to the licence fee.
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At this point, a copy of the book is what I ask for but have not always received.

I have wondered just how must profit is to be made in these "unprofitable" ventures.

As for Michael Rhodes - well, heck, to be associated with a book authored by him is worth more then any amount of petty cash that would be offered. Michael Rhodes was a very well received RP patron... once. Apparently, his incredible body of work must have failed one too many screenings as it seems all of his images have been removed.
That explains all those "x"'s in my "favorites" listing. And likely would result in many missing PC's. Course, there could be other reasons...

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Keep us posted! I'd ask for a copy of the book - can't hurt to ask.
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Accept no less than 10 grand plus 10% of all profits.
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Accept no less than 10 grand plus 10% of all profits.
Finally, somebody gives me a straight answer.

Thanks, folks... the reply has been sent but a response has not yet been received.

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Old 09-14-2013, 06:21 AM   #8
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Don't expect more than a single book. His sales have him ranked at 1,346,198 in Amazon. He is NOT making money. At best, at absolute best, he is being able to write off some railfanning activity on his taxes. Anything more than a book would be extravagant.
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Charles - off topic, but since you mention taxes... Do you or have you ever claimed your imaginary friend as a dependent?

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Charles - off topic, but since you mention taxes... Do you or have you ever claimed your imaginary friend as a dependent?

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Mitch, I've never earned enough to fill out anything but the 1040EZ, so I have no idea.

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My imaginary friend has more Facebook friends than I do.
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My imaginary friend has more Facebook friends than I do.
That is because Charles is great, and well......


You suck.

Not really, but it is Charles's birthday, and I want to pump up his fragile ego.
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I have no response. I am feckless.
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I have no response. I am feckless.
If you stay out in the sun for long periods over many years you might get feckles!
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