Red Tree Writing
Agreement for writing services
Between me: (“I”, “me” or “writer” in this document)
And you: (“you” or “client” in this document)
I pride myself on being helpful and flexible, but it’s a good idea for us to have an agreement on paper so we both know what to expect. I believe agreements like this should be easy to understand, so I’ve made sure this one uses clear language.
Having said that, if anything is unclear, ask me. I’ll be happy to clarify.
You  are hiring me Gayle Johnson to  The fee for this will be £.
What do we both agree to do?
As my client, you agree:
- You have the power to enter into this contract on behalf of your organisation.
- To provide me with everything I need to complete the project, in good time.
- To review my work, provide feedback and sign-off within agreed timescales.
- To stick to the payment schedule described at the end of this agreement.
As the writer, I agree:
- I will carry this service out in a professional manner.
- I will respect the confidentiality of any information you give me.
The service I provide to you
I will create text for you as described in the assignment details section of this agreement.
I will deliver the text as a Microsoft Word document.
Changes and revisions
Many clients require me to make some changes to the work I do for them. That’s to be expected and I like to work until everyone’s happy. However, as this is a fixed-price agreement, I do have to limit the time I spend rewriting and editing. This agreement includes:
- Initial delivery of a complete copy document.
- Two subsequent rounds of changes, if required. This only applies up to the point where you sign off my work, publish it or begin using it.
I will make changes within 3 working days of receiving your edits/comments.
Please make sure you are completely happy with the work described in the assignment details section before you sign this agreement. The assignment details may not be changed once this agreement is in place and any edits or rework must take place within the scope of what’s described there.
The reason for this is that changing the assignment details can create lots of extra work for me, particularly if I have already spent time on the project. This is not budgeted for in the cost I give you.
It is best for both of us if I don’t start work until these items have been agreed.
When I have received payment each month as described in this agreement, copyright of the work I produce is automatically assigned to you. You can then use the work however you wish.
However, until final payment is received, copyright of the work remains with me.
I love to show off my work, so once published, I will ask to link to your profile or website. (The link may help your Google ranking a bit, so there’s something in this for you too.)
I believe in hitting deadlines, but I can only do this with your help. So I can’t be responsible for a missed deadline if you have been late with a down payment, slow to supply materials or not provided feedback to agreed timescales.
I also can’t be responsible for deadlines missed due to circumstances completely beyond my control, like family emergencies, floods, war, acts of god and so on.
The total cost of the work is: £
If I have not received any feedback or comments within a week of submitting work to you (at any stage – the initial draft or subsequent edits), I will assume you are happy the work has been completed and will invoice at the end of the month.
I’m not registered for VAT and my payment terms are 30 days, unless otherwise stated. Please pay on time! There is a 10% late fee.
Cancelling this contract
If you wish to cancel this agreement, I require 1 month’s notice.
I will do my best to ensure all facts and statements in my work are true and that it doesn’t infringe upon any copyright or other right of a third party.
However, I can’t be liable to you, or any third party, for damages, including lost profits, lost savings, complaints, claims, litigation or other incidental, consequential or special damages which arise regarding this assignment.
If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
You cannot transfer this contract to anyone else without my permission. This contract stays in place and need not be renewed.
Although the language is simple, the intentions are serious and this contract is a legal document under exclusive jurisdiction of English courts.
This section contains information about the work I’m going to do for you. It’s taken from our previous discussions.
Sign here, please
Here’s the dotted line. By signing below, you agree to the terms of this contract.
Signed by: Gayle Johnson
Signed by: [name]
On behalf of: [company]