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I am publishng my third book and this one is more intense than the others. This is a 98 pg+ coffee table type book that requires me to purcahse a few stock photos which are costly.

I choose this round, to shop for an agent who with either represent me and my new publishing business or give it to one of the larger publishing houses.

The question: I'm wondering if I need to have a "finished" galley (exact photos and owned -  in place) or just put copies of not licensed photos in the galley to be shown to an agent. At which time if they see the merit in my work, then I would purchase the photos or have the publishing company take it on.

Thank you in advance!

Hi, yvonne!

I saw your question in the question pool and thought I'd offer to help. My first book was very photo intensive, with a large center section of historical photos and blueprints that required securing copyright permissions. I found in the submission process that nobody minded that I included the photo I intended to use, along with a note, like "I plan to use the following copyrighted photographs. Permissions will be sought upon receiving a publishing contract."

See, with copyrighted photos, you're going to have to provide the copyright holder with certain information that you don't have right now. Standard copyright contracts for books are going to want the publisher, format (hardback, softcover, etc.), the size of the print run and whether you're going to want any of the photos as the cover. Cover shots cost more, and most of the copyright agreements I've seen limit your use of the photo to that single edition---so that later print runs or a different format or publisher would have to be agreed to again for a different price.

So, those are all things that should be dealt with after you have a publisher on the line. At this stage, I think it would be fine to just include a copy.

Hope that helps.  Feel free to ask any other questions you might have and I'll try to answer them.  Good luck!


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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.


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Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

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