Every freelance editor needs to work with
their clients to set expectations and agree on how their relationship will be conducted.
When you think about it, having a lot of this spelled out in writing can spare both
you and your clients from misunderstandings. A smooth relationship has the best
chance of producing a quality product and leading to further business together in
the future. Having a contract is a great way to help all that happen.
What I post here is by no means an exhaustive
search on this subject. When I needed a contract to use with my first client, I
did not have time to hunt for all the best sources available. Happily, I think my
brief search was quite successful. I recommend the following book (also available
in Kindle format): The Paper It’s Written On: Defining your relationship with
an editing client, Karin Cather and Dick Margulis (Scotts Valley, California:
CreateSpace, 2018). [Before someone complains, I have capitalized the book’s title
just like they have it on the book cover and on Amazon.] You can always search on
Amazon by using the ISBN: 978-1726073295.
While The Paper It’s Written On
weighs in at only eighty pages, those pages are packed with wise contract wording.
Consider that statement not as legal advice—I am not a lawyer—but as a description
of the many ways that an editing relationship can go south. Short descriptions of
both authors may be found on the book’s webpage at Amazon. The price at this writing
is $12:50 (paperback) or $6.99 (Kindle). While Cather offers a robust contract suitable
for editing a book, Margulis gives us wording to cover editing, book design, cover
design, and project management. Each has their own take, such as their different
ways of handling termination of the agreement.
Barry's Editing &
Proofing LLC. If you need my editing or proofing services, I can be reached at
214-558-9128 or email@example.com.
Everyone beginning an editing business
wonders how to get clients for their new business venture. When it comes to sharing
information about editing, one of the most generous pillars of copyediting is Katharine
O’Moore-Klopf (“KOK”). She has recently addressed ways for attracting clients in
a post on her blog: <https://editor-mom.blogspot.com/2018/10/self-employed-editors-can-you-build.html>.
I recommend her blog and her post for your careful attention.
At a later date, I will talk of KOK’s other
big contribution: Copyediting-L.
Barry's Editing & Proofing LLC. If you need
my editing or proofing services, I can be reached at 214-558-9128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This post is
aimed at editors who are military veterans living in Texas.
1-1-2016 until 1-1-2020, Texas law (SB 1049) has eliminated any filing fee for creating
an LLC that is wholly owned by a Texas military veteran having an honorable discharge.
There is also an exemption from franchise taxes for five years, though you would
have to make a lot of money to benefit from that. For anyone else, the filing fee
would be $300.
Though I am not
a lawyer and cannot offer any legal advice, I have read a very informative book
written by a lawyer: Form Your Own Limited Liability Company: Create an LLC in
any State, 10th Edition, Anthony Mancuso (Berkeley: Nolo, 2017). In many situations,
doing business as an LLC offers protection of your personal assets from attack during
a single-member LLC is treated by the IRS exactly the same as a sole proprietorship.
You file taxes for your LLC using Schedule C. So, I can keep on using TurboTax Home
and Small Business software to do both my personal and business taxes.
I decided to
take advantage of this situation by forming Barry's Editing & Proofing LLC.
If you need my editing or proofing services, I can be reached at 214-558-9128 or