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How to Read a Contract

OK, folks, let’s talk about reading contracts.

This contract example was emailed to me the other day; no doubt you’ve seen it on other comics news sites.… Read More

I’m back!

London was fantabulous and we had a blast.  There were museums and historic walks and pubs and Tubes and plays and tea and not a whole lot of complicated negotiating.  I haggled over a tchotchke in a market once and that was about it (saved about $12, thankyouverymuch).

As I reenter the world of posting regularly, I thought I’d start out with a bit of … Read More

A word about the name

Of the blog, that is.

When I bandied around the name as a possible title I had a bunch of people tell me I was using the wrong term.  “It’s a ‘Work for Hire’; that’s what freelancers call it.”

But I’m stubborn and I insisted on including the word “made.”

The reason?

“Work Made for Hire” is a very persnickety legal term.  It means something … Read More

I agree.

It should come as a shock to no one that I am a big fan of agreements in writing.  You might think it’s the lawyer in me that likes agreements written out and explained.  It is not.  It is the lazy person in me.… Read More

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5 Things to Know Before You Sign Your Publishing Contract

The following is the first of five emails from a free e-course about understanding publishing contracts. You can sign up for the rest of the course here. In any publishing deal, you're in charge. That's because a publishing contract is you giving the publisher permission to use your work. They need permission and


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