Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Good Source on Editor-Author Contracts

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 barry.applewhite@gmail.com.

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