Yes we have confirmation 50% of all book sales made by Pat Brown will go in her pocket. Today a blog post has appeared on a site called Women in Crime Ink where Pat Brown states the fact in her own words, she says (screenshot):
2. At present, 50% of monies received from the sale of the Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann will go to the Pat Brown Maddie Search Fund. The other 50% earned from the book is income, not donations. I am selling a product and do not have to donate all earnings (or any) to charitable causes (however, I do pro bono work on other cases as there are OTHER missing and murdered children and adults than Madeleine in this world, so part of my earnings through any means funds this). I have chosen to donate 50% of the book’s earnings to my Maddie search fund since she is the focus of this book.
So for every £1 earned 50p will go in Pat Brown’s Pocket. So will she use this 50% to fund her expenses to Portugal in February and during her search? … NO. Because she states:
3. The Pat Brown Maddie Search Fund monies will be not be spent on a personal salary (any time spent will be pro bono). Monies will be used for expenses related to doing a search: travel, equipment, hiring of local PIs, or bringing in experts.
So she won’t charge the search for her time, but she will for her meals, places to stay… whilst still holding nicely onto the 50% she has made on the book.
How nice of her to confirm that she won’t stay anywhere 5 star.
I always endeavor to always keep costs low when I do pro bono work so that the funds will stretch further: inexpensive hotels, staying with local people, cheap meals, etc.). If I choose to spend above the cheapest rate I can achieve, I pay out-of-pocket.
Kate McCann wrote a book, every penny she made from that book and the advance she received along with the deal she made with the serialisation with the Sun Newspaper went into the Find Madeleine Fund.
Kate McCann and her husband NEVER took one penny of the money raised from their book for themselves, unlike Pat Brown who is going to take 50% of her proceeds to feather her own nest.
How many is that now profiting off the back of a missing child, without giving any of the proceeds to the Official Find Madeleine Fund? Oh yes, these people…..
The Madeleine Foundation
Paulo Pereira Cristóvão
Thank you to the people at JATYK2 forum for finding a wonderful screenshot of Pat Brown selling her book for 0.99 euros and where she states that ALL royalties will go to her Search Fund.
Now it is being sold on Barnes & Noble for $2.99 dollars she is going to pocket 50% of that….
Says it all really, doesn’t it?
Update 11th November 2011
Now we have confirmation that this e-book is part of her business.