Q. Can you please show me a writer’s contract?
I use a contract or a simple letter of agreement that clarifies who will do what, my fee, and payment terms. No lawyers involved. No big words. Here’s a sample contract with a client to ghost-write an article for an (imaginary) professional magazine.
Thank you for inviting me to write a 500- to 750-word article about investing in real estate for Private Asset Management.
- You will give me a bulleted outline of the sub-topics. You will answer my questions in a timely manner so that I can meet your deadline. You will send me links to sources of additional information, if appropriate.
- I understand that the information you give me is confidential and of great value to you. I will respect your intellectual property.
- The names of Ms. A and Mr. B will appear as the authors of this article. My name will not appear.
- I agree to write the article for delivery on or before DATE. I will provide one major revision and any minor changes before DATE.
- I will charge an hourly fee of $400 (don’t I wish), and I anticipate that this project will require 4 hours.
- If you decide to change the scope or subject of the article, we will consider that a rewrite. If that happens, there might then be additional fees and/or an extension of the delivery date.
- We will consider the assignment “accepted” when you approve it, regardless of whether the publisher decides to use it.
- You agree to pay me on or before DATE, upon accepting and approving the article.
Now write one of your own.