The following are rates for Leisure Arts.
—Posted 11 July 2016 —
Year of Publication: 2016
Type of design: Collection (Sweater- Cardigan)
Is your design: Knit
How much were you paid by a flat fee?: $1200
How much did you gross in royalties in the first year of the design’s release? (if N/A enter N/A): $0
Was your design: solicited by the company
Was your sample returned?: No
Were you paid according to the terms of your agreement?: N/A
Relationship with company: first time working with company
Did you have a written contract?: Yes
Did you negotiate your contract terms?: Yes, without success
Briefly describe your royalty payments: They offered 6% on their net profits.
What best describes the rights you granted this company? Company retains all rights (rights never revert back to me).
Who was responsible for the following:
Yarn Support – Company
Sample – Designer
Grading – Designer
Tech Editing – Company
Photography – Company
Layout – Company
Customer Support – Company
Yardage of sample: 1000-1250yds [915-1143m]
Weight of yarn used in sample: Worsted
How many sizes did you grade?: 4
Primary stitch used in the design: Stockinette/Garter
Would you work with this company again?: No
How would you rate your experience with this company? 1/5
Anything else you would like others to know about your experience with this company? The $1200 flat fee offered to me was as an advance for a 6-cardigan book. ($200 each sweater). They required the samples to be knit within 2 months and the agreement stated that they would present the cover art to and require a retail buyer to purchase the book before committing to paying me the advance. They retained all copyright, publishing rights and the sample garments. I would receive 6% of their net profit. These terms were entirely non-negotiable. I walked away. Those terms are insulting to the amount of work that goes into writing 6 cardigan patterns and having them knit.