DMP is working on a new ‘secret’ project for publishing more manga faster and cheaper than it is now. It would be via a digital format and they are looking to hire scanlators to help with this. Essentially, [b]scanlators would be doing what they do now except there is the possibility of getting paid based on the sales[/b] of said manga titles they worked on. They also get to have [b]their name on everything they translate and retain certain rights to the work they do[/b]. What rights I do not know. There is also the possibility of becoming a paid translator ‘if qualified’ and you’d be ahead of the pack when it comes to any other candidates that applied for the position.
In a nutshell, [b]when a title is licensed the publisher has to pay a minimum guarantee or advanced royalty upfront upon signing a publishing contract. He stated this can range from $2000 to $5000 per title and volume[/b]. After signing the contract, the book still requires translating, lettering and distribution (among other things) before arriving on actual book shelves. Mr. Sasahara states this process can take anywhere from eight to twelve months. The problem here being that their initial advanced royalty has already been paid, tying up their capital for months before they can start to generate any revenue to cover the upfront fee, translating/lettering expenses as well as distribution costs. It is only after all of this that they could start to make an actual profit assuming all of those costs are covered by sales of said title.
Mr. Sasahara goes on to say that [b]the upfront fee is not refundable so if sales are bad, they lose money[/b] and this actually happens quite a bit due to the current economic climate. This is why they have to be careful with what they now license and “can’t gamble on any title that [they] can’t be sure of” and ‘the titles are very much bottlenecked”.
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Surely will get the attention of attention whoring scanlators. They're going to have a large online manga reading site.