Artbooks are one of those things that i personally haven't seen in years. I always thought they were neat and worth collecting but these days they seemed to have just vanished. I know they are still out there but just not like they used to be.
So i figured why not try making a few and offer the content to the artists here on DA. So here is how it all will work.
Each book will be published as both an ebook and in print, using amazon / createspace. In order to keep the price low (ish) and make it easier o figure out the royalties I will limit the total page count to be no more then 50 pages to start with. If that works well I will up it as more books are designed. So because of the page limit there will be a limit on the number of artists in each book.
Each artist will also have a limited number of slots for their work to be displayed. For example, if i had four artists want to contribute to the first book, they would each get six pages for art, six pages to describe the art (anything they want the reader to know about it, how they felt drawing it or what inspired it. Anything really.) And a single page at the start of their chapter for a bio.
Now because it's amazon there are some restrictions to the artwork. Anything that would be considered explicit is a no go. However artistic nudes are allowed. I would prefer to keep anything that would require me to click that "not suitable for under 18 years of age" box out of the books though.
In the future i would consider doing a book that all that type maybe if there was enough interest. I personally don't see anything wrong with that kind of art, it just limits the amount of views the book will get.
The other thing to remember is that the artists have to have the rights to the artwork, and be at least 300 dpi (ppi if using photoshop.)
Royalties: Artist payment will be based on royalties from book sales. Which will amount to 75% of the total profits, after amazon takes their cut, spread across all artists. The more artists in the book, the less each will get.
So if we use the four artists again as an example. each would get 18.75% royalty, which I would just round up to 19% for simplicity's sake. Each payment would then be delivered via PayPal at the end of the month.
How to contribute: Respond here or note me with your interest. I will then keep a list of everyone interested and when slots are open i will contact everyone either through email or a note on DA with a theme. Be it Fantasy, anime, sci-fi or any number of other things. The artists that want to contribute to the book can then send me their artwork that matches the theme and any info they want added for their text page for the artwork. Plus what they might want on their bio page.
Lastly each artist will receive a printed version of the book and any other books their work is featured in. All i ask for that is if you live outside the US that you pay for the shipping. Or be willing to take an ebook copy.
Disclaimer: I want to point out here, so there is no misunderstanding, that there is always the chance that these books will never sell. But if that does happen each of us will lose nothing. If fact we will gain an artbook with both your work and others works that you can hold in your hand, show off, and or just put on your book shelf.