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 you’re the only one they can get it from. … Read More
What does it mean when a publisher or distributor says that the things they sell are “creator owned”?
It’s a great question, but (surprise!) it doesn’t have a simple or straightforward answer. … Read More
Here’s a question that keeps popping up in my conversations with creators:
What’s the difference between a “work made for hire” and when I assign my copyright to someone else? In both cases I no longer own the copyright, so what’s the difference?… Read More
You’ve read all the Very Best internet articles about putting a contract together.
You collected five different copies of contracts and painstakingly stitched together a contract that does exactly what you need it to do: no more, no less.
You proudly send the contract off to a client, patting yourself on the back for being a professional with her own legal documents. You are confident … Read More
A contract is a contract is a contract.
Sort of.… Read More
Two very exciting things happened on the internet this last week!
One: Getty Images announced it would start licensing a portion of its massive image collection for no cost.
And, two: Amtrak embraced the fervor of the hashtag and established a for-real writer’s residency hosted on its long-distance trains.
Both things are ridiculously cool.
And both things came with fine print.
Why does fine print … Read More
I get questions from freelancers about contracts and how to use them All. The. Time.
Which is great! Because I love contracts and I love answering questions.
I picked three questions that I get fairly often from freelancers, artists and folks trying to DIY their business. I hope the answers help you in pursuit of professional success and, you know, dollaz.… Read More
If I came to you and said, “I like the cut of your jib, kid, what say I give you $1000 and you let me take something, anything, out of your house? Whadayasay? It’s a good deal; you might not get such a good offer ever again. ”
Would you take me up on it? $1000 for any single personal possession of yours that I … Read More