Hi all, I've written a script for a graphic novel and would like it to be traditionally published, and I've been in touch with an artist who lives less than an hour away. I love their work and believe it would suit the story and characters, and she's very keen to get on board as well. When we'd emailed each other a few times, she said this: "So to begin with, I would suggest a fee of say £___ to mock a dummy of layouts and 4 spreads as artwork to clients and publishers. If they are happy, we can then discuss royalties etc with the publisher as they would create the book's selling cost and we can divulge royalty prices from there on." I was a little taken aback by this, because I would already be paying the artist for her initial work (through the magic of Kickstarter) and the publishers would pay her too, no? But maybe I'm wrong, because when I asked her about this she said: "As for the issue about Royalties, The story idea and character ideas are all, of course, yours. They belong singularly to you. As an illustrator, we receive royalties from any books or novels we illustrate as per usual. We receive royalties because otherwise we could miss out on a lot of payment from a project that becomes extremely successful. Imagine if Dave Gibbons had only been paid,for example, £500 to illustrate Watchmen, it became extremely successful and is still in print, he would be missing out on a LOT of compensation and payment from his work which is being used again and again." Is this correct? Is it me who's in the wrong, or her? Just wondering. Thanks.