* 1. In what genre and age group of trade books published for children have you written or illustrated?

* 2. In what format were they published?

* 3. Have your books paid enough royalties to cover your time in creating them?

* 4. Do you feel your contract is fair? If not, please explain.

* 5. In the past, traditional publishers bore all of the expenses of producing and marketing the book and offered at least 5% to the author and 5% to the illustrator for picturebooks and 10% or more for books that had few or no illustrations. These royalties were calculated from the retail price for each book. Do you receive a traditional 5% to 10 % (or more) royalty based on the retail price for each book?

* 6. Do you instead receive a percentage based on the net price for each book after the publisher deducts expenses?

* 7. If so, do these expenses include costs for marketing as well as printing and binding?

* 8. How many free copies of each of your books do you receive?

* 9. Traditional publishers formerly offered advances that reflected their estimate of your royalty earnings for one year. Every six months the author received a statement of royalty earnings. Once the advance was earned back, the author would be paid royalties. If the book did not sell enough copies to earn back the advance, the author did not have to return the difference. Did you receive an advance of this type?

* 10. Does your contract cover subsidiary rights like film, audio, radio, computer games, or translations, for example?

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