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Making an Editor Contract
A good editor can turn a book, magazine, newsletter or other content into gold. Creating an Editor Contract ensures that both editor and client see eye to eye on scope, voice, price, and timeline. Signing this contract can help both parties to avoid potential disputes down the road. When you build your Editor Contract on Rocket Lawyer, you will have the option to activate Document Defense®, which allows an attorney to help you get paid or enforce your rights.
Regardless of whether the engagement is short- or long-term, it is critical to capture the details of your agreements with those hiring you in writing. Making this document most likely will be a smart move for you because of this list of benefits:
A few consequences of not having one might include unclear due dates, late payments, impractical expectations, and other concerns.
Specific details that you might want to include are:
As you might expect from an agreement like this one, any Editing Contract made with Rocket Lawyer will also include the standard legal language regarding the independent work relationship between the parties, reimbursement for losses, the protection of confidential information, and the method(s) of dispute resolution. As you make your agreement, you'll also have the ability to determine which state's laws will govern it. With the document tool, you have the power to add more custom alterations, if necessary.
Luckily, you won't need to start from scratch when getting your agreement in writing. When using the document tools on Rocket Lawyer, any editor should feel empowered to draft Editor Contracts with ease. Your agreement is assembled step by step, as you answer simple questions to provide more details. Ordinarily, given the level of personalization, you could end up paying a conventional lawyer fees in the hundreds of dollars, if not more.
Editor Contracts each have their own series of instructions for what to do next. You should feel free to try any or all of the following actions with your document: making edits, downloading it as a Word or PDF document, getting signatures via RocketSign®, and printing it. Most importantly, you will need to provide a copy of your fully signed agreement to the client.
Locating an attorney to double-check your Editor Contract can take longer than you think if you do it on your own. Another approach would be to request help from the On Call network of attorneys. Rocket Lawyer members can ask for feedback from an experienced lawyer or ask additional questions. As a business owner, you can be confident that Rocket Lawyer is by your side.
Last reviewed or updated 08/26/2021