Hi Daring Adventurers,

The contract should include a clause pertaining to revisions and the number allowed for the project. If possible, it would be advantageous to have the editorial process outlined in this provision. Too often when working with a new client or recently formed publishers, the editorial and approval process for illustrations is not clearly defined. This may lead to you being obligated to make a number of revisions based on input from several sources. This is very time consuming and can become frustrating and cause delays in the project’s completion. Typically, any revisions should be addressed in the preliminary drawing phase of the project. You would want to avoid making revisions to the final illustration. You should include a provision stating that revisions will only be done during the preliminary drawing phase, and all revisions made after the completion of the final illustrations will require additional charges. Also, you would want to include a statement addressing any change in direction by the client that would result in additional work and charges. You will also want to limit the number of revisions that the client can request prior to additional charges. Often when the editorial process in done by a group instead of an individual, the varying opinions and ideas can become overwhelming and time put into the project may exceed original expectations when pricing the project. This is why you will include a limitation on the number of revisions that will be acceptable prior to additional charges. These terms need to be clear and fair to both parties. The client wants to receive a quality product, but you want your time and effort equally compensated. If the client is constantly making changes at your expense, you will not be fairly compensated for your time. Conversely if you are not receptive to the clients input, the client will feel he/ she did not get what he/ she paid for.

– Anthony Summey