The next week I begin to query my book to the agents and today I face the most unpleasant situation im my life.
I have fantasy books with colored (watercolor) pictures. Production of each book costs for me ~ 13-15 thousands USD (translation and art) per one book. I work with real good artists over the world (with well-known names and thousands of followers).
For the book, which in progress now, artist ask me for full payment in advice (~ 10000 USD). I live in Russia and can get this sum only as bank debt with yearly percentage ~40%, because in new economical situation my salary horribly decreased down to 600 USD per month. Yes, bank rob me - it's true.
So, here is the question - which advance/payment will be good for negotiation with agent/publisher as a profitability for my kind of books?
I seft via internet and find different sums for advance - from 1000 USD to 250-500 thousands USD. But I want to hear your opinions.