Authors, sell your rights

As an author, you have more rights than you might think. Get more out of your writing; sell your rights.

Most authors don’t think too much about their rights. They think about copyright, for sure. They often mail themselves a copy of their manuscript, making sure that the date of mailing is very clearly displayed in the cancellation, as proof of copyright.

Most authors also register their work with their national copyright registry. Many authors even believe that registering their work grants them copyright. It doesn’t; registration is just registration. Copyright is created when pen hits paper or fingertips hit keyboard.

But once the work is complete, there are many additional rights that you own and might be very valuable to sell. [Read more…]

Ghostwriter contracts 101

So you want to hire a ghostwriter? Here is what you should find in a ghostwriter contract.

Your search for a ghostwriter is complete. Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. What comes first? The contract, of course. Make sure that the contract covers everything important. Better than reading a sample ghostwriting contract, here is a quick guide of what to watch for in a ghostwriting contract. [Read more…]