Hello all, I am a first time scriptwriter and would like some business advice. I am busy writing a screenplay based on a book and wanted to get some ideas on how much/how to pay the book's author. The background is as follows: The book was written in the mid 70's. The publishing company went out of business. The ex-owner of the publishing company says all the publishing rights are with the writer. The book writer is very keen for his book to be developed, and he has not written since them, he is working as a doctor. I would like, if possible, to offer him some percentage of the fees I get for writing in exchange for exclusivity for a few years. That way I will avoid spending money before making any! I was thinking that since the initiative is mine, and I would be selling the script as well as writing it, I should get 60% and the book writer 40%. Is that in the ball park, and is this kind of deal common/recommended or not? Your advice would be much appreciated! Thanks, Mark Palmos, UK.