Question by preemption: What would be a fair price to pay someone who makes a good suggestion for a novel to adapt for…?
I work for an independent film production company making low budget movies in the $ 1-2 million range. We’re always looking for novels suitable for film adaptation within our budget range, but as we’re only a small operation there’s a limit to how many books we can read and evaluate ourselves. We therefore wanted to enlist the help of readers online and ask people to suggest novels they feel would adapt well. We’d like to pay a finder’s fee to anyone who suggests (and provides a synopsis for) a novel that we go on to use, but there’s no precedent for this (that we’re aware of) and we’re not sure what a fair payment would be. We were guessing something like USD$ 1000 (since after this we still have to purchase the film rights and pay a screenwriter to adapt the novel etc.) – obviously this is just a nominal payment as a token of thanks, but does this seem fair? If not, what figure would you suggest and why? Thanks in advance for your help with this.
Answer by Pepsi Cola
you should ask this in the business and finance section, you are bound to get more answers there.
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