I'm a solo developer working from home who has developed an iPhone app which is currently available in the App Store. Sales & marketing is not something I know much about yet so sales have been lacklustre to say the least. The product is based upon a very well known game, and has been much duplicated in the App Store as well as in the "real world."
An entrepreneurial acquaintance of mine, who likes my version of the game, has suggested I rebrand the app (via a new name, logo, press release etc) and sell it through his company brand instead. For his sales & marketing assistance, he has suggested a 50% slice of the revenues from my already finished product.
My first question is simple: is granting him 50% too much?
I honestly feel it is too much in this instance, but wanted feedback from others who may have been here already. Considering the time/effort I spent developing the app originally, and his lack of proven sales track record (to me at least), I was wondering if a 75/25 split with a sliding scale wouldn't be more appropriate. e.g. for every 1,000 unit sales he gets an additional 1%, up to 50%.
Additionally, he also wants to "hire" me - on a revenue sharing basis initially (i.e. no salary) - and have me develop other small iPhone apps as well. My "pay" would be 1/3 of the revenue for any stuff I work on. His business would receive the other 2/3. Does this split seem fair?
I'd be working from home, managing myself, and undertaking all of the usual development duties for these apps (i.e. feasibility studies, software/UI designs, coding, testing etc.) The product descriptions would come from him, although these are little more than verbal discussions with me about making an app which does this and that, or demo'ing an existing app and saying he wants something similar to this.
I'm wondering if this is a crazy situation and if I should run away very fast or not.
The reason I ask at all is that I've seen many "job" postings (on Craigslist and elsewhere) looking for "revenue split" arrangements with people with "ideas" and wondered if anyone has actually taken part in such deals in lieu of a real job or working 100% for oneself.