Another string to my fiddle, to add to those of editor, translator and trainer — marked by the first time I have been paid for one of my photos!
Here it is, a double half-page spread in the New York Magazine.
Regular readers of this blog may have already seen the picture gracing the header on this web page.
I said above that this was the first time I had been paid for a published photo, but it is not the first time I have had a photo published.
The first time was in the Jamaica Observer, and was part of an unpaid photostory feature by readers. The second time was in the Chicago Sun-Trib, when a photo was used without permission and without payment.
When I queried this action, I was offered an apology and payment, but never received a cent. The person responsible was later promoted to the board of the newspaper, before being sacked and taking up a position at the Huffington Post. That’s what you get when you mess with da Ria ;-)
The third publication was actually a non-event. A UK publisher of educational reference books asked permission to use one of my photos. I agreed and quoted a price based on what I considered reasonable ($150).
The publisher replied that he hadn’t anticipated such a high figure (!). I then asked what he considered reasonable, and was told that he normally paid $70 … but that he no longer needed my photo.
I am sure he thought he could use it for free, not having offered anything in the first place. He twice mentioned that his was a small publishing house, yet the reference book in question had a print run to supply all the UK school libraries and cost around $50 per copy!
One of these days I’m going to sort out my photo files and promote them more effectively. Any recommendations for making more money?
(One of these days … One of these days …)