While on vacation, I received this email:
Hi Seth, As with many, I am captivated by the quality of your work!
I am a professor writing an ebook on “Chasing Wisdom” and would like your permission to use your work entitled “Gate – Buckingham Palace” as a photograph in my book.
I propose the following credit line: Photograph used by permission. Copyrighted by Seth Anderson.
Of course, please propose a credit line of your preference if you so choose.
Thank you for your consideration. My normal rate is $800 (US) for a one-time usage fee. If this is something you would consider, please send me a purchase order, and I’ll invoice you and send you the image.
Please consider that I am self-employed, and responsible for all my own costs (health insurance, electricity, and so on), and thus am not interested in working without compensation.
I’ve written more on that topic a few times, including here:
An ebook often has lower costs associated with its creation, perhaps I would consider a lower fee as well, but we shall see if I get a response. Ideally, I would take the time to create a form letter from these various requests, but I never seem to get around to it.
Parenthetically, the referenced photo is ok, but I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites. I’m sure there are many, many similar photos of the Buckingham Palace Gate taken every day.
Thank you very much for your reply. Unfortunately, there is not budget for such permissions. I’ll look for another source.