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23769Re: [Czechlist] Re: Author Royalties - a Money Question

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  • Martin Janda
    Sep 7, 2004
      Thanks, Honza! Did not know they get that much - but I guess the ordinary
      rate is a great bit lower.
      The friend will be delighted - there is probably more money to squeeze out.
      :-)

      Martin


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "janvanek" <jan.vanek.jr@...>
      To: <Czechlist@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, September 06, 2004 12:15 PM
      Subject: [Czechlist] Re: Author Royalties - a Money Question


      > --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "Martin Janda" <martinjanda@v...>
      > wrote:
      >
      > > Anybody experienced in contracts Czech writers set up with
      > publishers? A friend of mine, searching for evidence for his divorce
      > trial (Ouch!) needs to find out how much - roughly - a well-reputed
      > writer and the well-reputed guy drawing pictures can get for a book -
      > I mean, 2%, 20%, or 50% of the book's retail price?
      >
      > Last October Viewegh bragged to have 18 %:
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      > http://revue.idnes.cz/lidicky.asp?
      > r=lidicky&c=2003MM44A14A&t=2003MM44A14A&r2=lidicky
      >
      > Hard to say how much it drops for lesser luminaries; there was an
      > article a couple years ago in Magazin Lidovych novin IIRC about how
      > much of the cover price goes to whom but it is not available any more
      > and it didn't seem especially trustworthy anyway. Still, I suppose
      > that 10 to 15 % is a safe guess in case of somebody who sells in
      > thousands. Wait, apparently Alltheweb is really better than Google:
      > http://zpravy.idnes.cz/literatura.asp?
      > r=literatura&c=A030403_124805_literatura_lf&t=A030403_124805_literatur
      > a_lf&r2=literatura
      > gives 15 % for Zdena Frybova, while poor bestselling Petra Hulova was
      > ripped off to half of that (though you have to calculate it from the
      > grand-sounding sum) - but I hear that Torst isn't especially, um,
      > _good_ publisher if you happen to be an author.
      >
      >
      > No idea about illustrators.
      >
      > --
      > Jan Vanek jr.
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