(This is a deliberately broad question. A correct answer would be a set of considerations with a strong experience-based rationale)
I've been invited to put some of my designs forward for publication in a showcase book ("for free!" they enthusiastically said, as if the publishers aren't benefiting by getting free content...).
I'm early in my career and so it seems like a win-win deal and some welcome positive exposure. But since I've not been in this position before, I'm wondering if there are questions I should be asking or criteria I should be insisting on that I haven't thought of.
At its most general, this question is: from your experience, what considerations and questions should a designer have when having their work showcased commercially by a third party?
Some of the specific questions I have are, how concerned about things like copyright should I be? (I did check to make sure I wasn't signing away rights but I'm no expert here) Is it something people include on CVs and resumes, or is it not that big a deal? Is it common for designers to pay to be included in showcase books, as the publishers seemed keen to imply? And under what circumstances (if any) should a designer expect royalites from the publisher?
But chances are these questions themselves are misguided. Ultimately my question is: is showcasing by a third party really a win-win situation for a designer, as it seems to be to me, or are there serious considerations (and if so what are they)?
(or is it not really a big deal and I'm thinking too much?)