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You have chosen an editor, book-cover designer, interior designer, photographer, illustrator, audio book narrator, or other freelance contractor. Now what? How do you spell out your mutual expectations or, to put it in legal language, the terms of engagement?
Most… Read the rest
Even though words are our stock-and-trade, many writers are intimidated by contract wording. The pages look fuzzy and convoluted, like some math-test nightmare from high school. Writers assume they won’t understand the contracts, so they close their eyes and click… Read the rest
What is the worst mistake a self-publishing author could make?
A bad book cover? No.
A poorly edited manuscript? No.
A hokey website? No.
It’s losing his or her copyright.
Your copyrighted work is valuable property, just like your car… Read the rest
Here’s a scary thought–ideas are not protected by copyright law, no matter how unique and valuable. If you give your elevator pitch in an elevator, anyone who overhears you may snitch it.
Copyright law applies only when a work is… Read the rest
Your words are your creation, your identity, and your currency, and scam artists will try to steal them from you. They’ll hand you a contract and claim “it’s standard. Everyone signs it.”
Don’t believe them. Every contract is negotiable, especially… Read the rest