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GHOSTWRITER CONTRACTS
Everything you need to know about…
WHY A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT
What should a ghostwriter contract do for
you?
 You want to know what you get.
 You want to know what you pay.
 You want to remain flexible.
THGM Writing
Services
THE MAIN REASON THGM USES CONTRACTS
THGM Writing
Services
RIGHTS IN A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT
What are your rights?
 A writer is owner of his or her own words.
 A ghostwriter contract transfers that right to
the client.
 This is the main reason THGM Writing
Services uses contracts.
THGM Writing
Services
RIGHTS IN A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT
What kind of rights should you claim?
 Film rights
 Audio rights
 Foreign rights
 All rights
Make sure your contract covers all rights.
THGM Writing
Services
PRICING A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT
How will the project be priced?
 How much is the total contract worth?
 What size increments does the client pay?
 When is each instalment due?
 Are instalments based on a schedule or on
milestones?
THGM Writing
Services
PRICING A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT
THGM Writing Services uses milestones.
 We work at the writer’s and the client’s pace
 We make sure the writer can eat along the
way
 We protect the client from having to empty
the world’s largest piggy bank on the table
 We keep our administrative work to a
minimum
THGM Writing
Services
LENGTH OF MANUSCRIPT
How long will the manuscript be?
 Measure chapters, pages, words or
characters
 Words are most “accurate” and predictable
 Specify a range, not an exact number –
quality over quantity
THGM Writing
Services
LENGTH OF TIMELINE
THGM Writing Services keeps timelines
flexible.
The client is living his life, filled with
 Complications
 schedule changes
 unexpected events
THGM Writing
Services
LENGTH OF TIMELINE
Some busy clients:
 Respond instantly to new draft chapters
 Take a month to get back to the writer with
an “OK” or a list of changes required to a
chapter.
 Disappear for three months or five months.
THGM Writing
Services
RESEARCH IN THE CONTRACT
What research is included?
 Specify what research is needed
 Specify a rate for unforeseen research
 To protect the client, there should be a cap or
control on the amount spent on research
THGM Writing
Services
RESEARCH IN THE CONTRACT
Can you keep a secret?
 We can!
 Specify what confidentiality is included
 Specify what credit, if any, the writer gets
THGM Writing
Services
VALUE OF A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT
How well will a ghostwriter contract work?
 It protects your legal rights
 It does not ensure a great manuscript
 Make sure to choose a good writer
 Make sure to choose a writer you can work
with
THGM Writing
Services
VALUE OF A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT
Read more details at:
http://thgmwriters.com/blog/ghostwriter-contracts-
101/
Need ghostwriting? We can help!
Email us at info@THGMwriters.com
Or visit us at www.THGMwriters.com
THGM Writing
Services

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Ghostwriting contracts

  • 1. GHOSTWRITER CONTRACTS Everything you need to know about…
  • 2. WHY A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT What should a ghostwriter contract do for you?  You want to know what you get.  You want to know what you pay.  You want to remain flexible. THGM Writing Services
  • 3. THE MAIN REASON THGM USES CONTRACTS THGM Writing Services
  • 4. RIGHTS IN A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT What are your rights?  A writer is owner of his or her own words.  A ghostwriter contract transfers that right to the client.  This is the main reason THGM Writing Services uses contracts. THGM Writing Services
  • 5. RIGHTS IN A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT What kind of rights should you claim?  Film rights  Audio rights  Foreign rights  All rights Make sure your contract covers all rights. THGM Writing Services
  • 6. PRICING A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT How will the project be priced?  How much is the total contract worth?  What size increments does the client pay?  When is each instalment due?  Are instalments based on a schedule or on milestones? THGM Writing Services
  • 7. PRICING A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT THGM Writing Services uses milestones.  We work at the writer’s and the client’s pace  We make sure the writer can eat along the way  We protect the client from having to empty the world’s largest piggy bank on the table  We keep our administrative work to a minimum THGM Writing Services
  • 8. LENGTH OF MANUSCRIPT How long will the manuscript be?  Measure chapters, pages, words or characters  Words are most “accurate” and predictable  Specify a range, not an exact number – quality over quantity THGM Writing Services
  • 9. LENGTH OF TIMELINE THGM Writing Services keeps timelines flexible. The client is living his life, filled with  Complications  schedule changes  unexpected events THGM Writing Services
  • 10. LENGTH OF TIMELINE Some busy clients:  Respond instantly to new draft chapters  Take a month to get back to the writer with an “OK” or a list of changes required to a chapter.  Disappear for three months or five months. THGM Writing Services
  • 11. RESEARCH IN THE CONTRACT What research is included?  Specify what research is needed  Specify a rate for unforeseen research  To protect the client, there should be a cap or control on the amount spent on research THGM Writing Services
  • 12. RESEARCH IN THE CONTRACT Can you keep a secret?  We can!  Specify what confidentiality is included  Specify what credit, if any, the writer gets THGM Writing Services
  • 13. VALUE OF A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT How well will a ghostwriter contract work?  It protects your legal rights  It does not ensure a great manuscript  Make sure to choose a good writer  Make sure to choose a writer you can work with THGM Writing Services
  • 14. VALUE OF A GHOSTWRITER CONTRACT Read more details at: http://thgmwriters.com/blog/ghostwriter-contracts- 101/ Need ghostwriting? We can help! Email us at info@THGMwriters.com Or visit us at www.THGMwriters.com THGM Writing Services