Over the weekend I received an email from artist Elizabeth Olwen that made my day!  When Maria Brophy and I set out to write the eBook, our main goal was to make it easy to understand, easy to use as a quick reference over time, and a tool to help artists feel more confident about negotiating contracts.

The more knowledge artists interested in licensing have, the better off we all are.  When artists unknowingly sign contracts that devalue their work and pay sub-standard fees or royalties, it hurts us all.

Contracts can be intimidating things if you haven’t dealt with them.  Many times artists think they will lose a deal if they ask for any changes or they don’t understand the contract and decide that it must be ok so they sign it.  Doing this sort of thing is bad for every artist’s business!

That said, you can imagine I was thrilled to read Elizabeth’s email and learn that we had met our goals.  Here is what she had to say…

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I purchased your eBook ‘How to Understand Art Licensing Contracts’ about a week ago and I just wanted to write to you to say how incredibly helpful it’s been!!! I am a new-to-the-scene surface designer and I was putting off learning about the ins-and-outs of licensing and then the moment I’ve been waiting for happened, and I was offered my first art licensing contract!

I had attended one of Tara’s seminars on licensing at Surtex this past May and knew she knew her stuff so I bough the e-book, grabbed a cup of coffee and settled in to face my contract fears.

And thankfully the book was so well done and thorough that within a few hours I had all the information I needed and felt fully confident about the process. I took your advice, sent my revisions through to the licensee and they worked in my additions without protest!

I don’t know that I would have had the confidence to negotiate if I hadn’t read the book. The book was a life-saver! Thank you so much — it was worth every penny.

Thank you!
Elizabeth

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You can learn more about Elizabeth at www.ElizabethOlwen.com

Want some contract confidence for yourself?  Go to www.ArtLicensingInfo.com/contracts.html to learn more about this valuable resource.