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Saturday, August 28, 2010

In the Essence of Compromise....


After many many emails flying back and forth over this contract thing, I think we've reached a compromise. I feel better about this. They feel good about this....

The quilt I was going to send just won't work with the time frame of their contract, though they are augmenting it to help me a bit. A NEW PROJECT is what I am sending them instead! Some additional funds have been added to cover the cost of the shipping. This helps me A LOT. Postage gets more and more expensive, Especially to overseas destinations. I can't afford to lose nearly half of what a magazine pays me to ship the quilt to them on my own. So yes, contract negotiations do work, and I'm getting braver about asking for fairness!

So..This NEW PROJECT? Can't show you because THAT is part of the contract too, but suffice it to say that it is one I already have in the works, and it is approved by this new updated contract for inclusion another one of my books down the road, with a projected release date (the book, not the magazine) of Fall, 2012. I WILL be able to include this quilt in both the magazine, AND my future book. The Magazine should be available in May, 2011 so you will get a preview!

When the magazine is available, I'll let you know so you can check it out!

Let's just say that my job for today is cutting a bunch more scrap strips from blues and neutrals! I've got some boxes that have mysteriously shown up on my doorstep crammed with all kinds of good chunks of scrap fabrics, and I'm digging there first, with the purpose of cutting things down and using what I can in this project.

I'm happy with it. I need to be able to do "double duty" with some of these quilts to make it worth my time to make them. And I really need the publicity that this "out of the USA" magazine will bring me. It's cheaper advertising than I could afford to pay for, so....pedal to the metal...I'm SEWING!!

I leave for teaching in Georgia on Tuesday....so I think I'll be enjoying a long 3 day weekend with new renewal toward this quilt! (And if I get it kitted up, It may likely go on the road with me next week too!)

13 comments:

SarahVee said...

I'm glad you have renegotiated the contract, Bonnie. The whole world needs to know about you! Thank you for sharing about this process with us - it can all seem so magical and mysterious to those of us dreaming about being published. Good luck getting your quilt kitted up to go with you!

craftthefinalfrontier said...

Keep sticking to your guns, Bonnie. Don't let them rip you off.

Amy said...

I guess the most important thing is what"motivates" you.

AnnieO said...

Compromising apepars to be good for your energy! Glad it worked out for both parties and it seems you get the greater benefit. Happy sewing :)

SubeeSews said...

Would you like some blues and creams from my stash? What size????
And great news about negotiating a better contract...the whole world needs to know you!
XOXOXOSubee

Shirley J. said...

So happy to hear this is all working out for you! Can hardly wait for you new book!!

Christine said...

Glad you worked it out, I think I know the Magazine and I had to do the same negotiate with them and had them cross out a couple things in the contract.

Happy stitching
Christine

Tazzie said...

I'm so glad you were able to reach a compromise Bonnie. Of course they need you within their pages more than you need them, so makes sense that they would accommodate you.
Can't wait to see your new project.
*big hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

virtualquilter said...

To be perfectly honest, I think Bonnie Hunter is probably well known around the world anyway.

Judy B

cinzia said...

What country is the magazine from? A lot of discussion has been flying around implying that it is Australia and our magazines are doing the wrong thing here. I have yet to come across an Australian magazine which had the same terms as you talked about so am curious if it is or isn't one of our magazines.
thank you

YankeeQuilter said...

Can't wait to see you this week in Georgia! I'll leave the sewing machine set up for you in case you want to stitch for a bit while you are here...or you could rummage through the blue and neutral piles....

Shasta said...

I'm glad you were able to work things out with them. A win-win for both you and the magazine, I'm sure.

Brenda said...

I am so proud of you!!! I love that you have taken your skills and are making yourself a carreer out of them, showing us how to - what I am trying to say is not coming out right - but it so great to hear that you are making this whole process work out for you. Love that you negotiated the contract so it's a win/win for both sides!! EXCELLANT!!! That is the way to do business - both sides should be happy. This is such a happy post!!!
You have your work cut out for you now (or you will once you have the scraps all picked out!!) And we will all be very happy to see how this all works out!!! This is so GREAT!!!!