This is what I was going to ask about during the teleconference today. I won't be able to make the next conference, so I thought I'd post it here.
Once DMP starts turning a profit from all of these Guild titles, would you consider creating a safety net for localization groups?
Localization groups are taking a risk when they sign a Schedule A. The title could be unpopular or get lost in the flood of new DMG books and not sell many copies, or the Japanese publisher could change their mind and demand DMP stops sales. All of the group's time and effort would be wasted, and the biggest shame would be that no one would read the material that the group worked so hard to localize. I'm not sure what (if anything) DMP would lose.
So, would DMP consider guaranteeing a minimum pay out to groups in the event that one of the scenarios mentioned actually occurred? For example, if after 3 years, a localization group has not earned $500 for a given title, DMP would compensate the group the balance up to $500. If the title earned more than that, no compensation would be needed. In that way, DMP would share the risk with the localization groups.
If all goes the way you plan, I imagine this would rarely happen, but I know I personally would be much more willing to take on a large work load for DMG knowing that I can at least make minimum wage. When I tell other translators and typesetters about DMG, they all say there's no way they'd work on books they don't choose with no money up front. Even with a small guarantee, I think I could convince many of them to give the guild a shot.
Sorry this wound up being so long. It's probably best I got cut off and had to type it out!