I live in the UK, and I'm currently working on publishing a book. I recently came to an arrangement with a US academic to republish one of his photographs for the book, and he has stated that he would like the agreed fee (£75) as a cheque for the equivalent in US dollars, mailed to his institution.
This took me by surprise. I queried whether he would accept another option and he's refused, apparently because he wants to be "flexible" about who can cash it and what account it goes in to. He has asked the cheque be made out to the name of his institution.
I think a check in US$ is still the best way to go, principally since I won't be in the States until New Year's Day, and the payment will be handled at [my institution] by someone who will want this to go as smoothly as possible.
Presuming we have to go with this, what's my cheapest option for having a cheque (or cheque equivalent) made out in dollars and sent to the US?