This is an agreement entered into between a freelance writer and a company. This
agreement is typically called a "Ghostwriting Agreement" because the freelancer will
write a book or manuscript from scratch but the company will attach its name and rights
to it. Additionally, this agreement includes the compensation rate, the term of
employment, termination, and the purpose of the work. This document should be used
by publishing company's that want to hire a freelance writer to create a book or
This Ghostwriting Agreement (hereinafter the “Agreement”) is made effective on ____ day of
Between the Parties:
_______________________________ [NAME OF COMPANY] incorporated in the State
of___________________, with its registered office at _____________________ [CITY],
(hereinafter the “Company”
_____________________________ [NAME OF WRITER](hereinafter the “Writer”
The parties hereto agree as follows:
1.1 Writer shall prepare a Book-length manuscript (hereinafter the “Book”) for the Company,
based on materials provided by, and subject to the direction and approval of the Company.
1.2 The Book title is ______________________________________________ which shall
contain _____________________________ [BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF BOOK]. It is
estimated and agreed between the Parties that the Book will have _________________
[AMOUNT IN WORDS] (___ [AMOUNT IN NUMERALS]) chapters, the normal front matter,
including table of contents and an index and that the manuscript will be about be
_________________ [AMOUNT IN WORDS] (___ [AMOUNT IN NUMERALS]) words long,
both numbers being approximations of the final length of the manuscript.
2. OWNERSHIP RIGHTS.
2.1 All rights, title and interest in the following shall be the sole and exclusive property of the
(i) All materials, including but not limited to MS Word files, PowerPoint Presentations, tapes,
and completed manuscript, the completed Book, and/or other product resulting from this effort;
(ii) The content of the subject matter of the Book provided by the Company;
(iii) Any ideas, works, documentation or notes conceived related to the Book;
(iv) All writings and work product by the Writer related to or associated with the Book;
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2.2 To the extent that ownership of the items stated above does not automatically vest in the
Writer, the Writer agrees to transfer and assign to the Company all right, title and interest in and
to the same, whether or not copyright applications are filed thereon.
2.3 If the Company is required to obtain the Writer’s consent to register any US and foreign
copyrights related to the Book, the Writer shall provide his/her consent and transfer and assign
any of his/her interest as stated herein.
2.4 Writer shall retain no rights whatsoever to its specific content, sales, marketing, distribution,
resale, reprinting, or use, except as specified within the Agreement. The provisions of this
Section on “Ownership Rights” shall survive the termination of the Agreement.
2.5 Writer acknowledges that the Company reserves editorial rights as to grammar, spelling,
deletions, formatting, and other minor changes that do not affect the material content of the
piece. Should the Company ask the Writer to revisions, the Writer shall promptly make changes
to the Articles as requested. The Company may illustrate the Articles with photographs and/or
illustrations and, if requested, Writer agrees to reasonably assist in writing of captions or
2.6 Writer agrees that Company may make any changes or additions to the Work prepared by
Writer, which Company in its sole discretion may consider necessary, and may engage others to
do any or all of the foregoing, with or without attribution to Writer. Writer further agrees to
waive any so-called moral rights in the Work.
2.7 Writer maintains online and offline portfolio rights.
2.8 Work for Hire. Writer expressly acknowledges that the material contributed by Writer
hereunder, and Writer’s services hereunder, are being specially ordered and commissioned by
Company for use in connection with the preparation of the fictional magazine. The Work
contributed by Writer hereunder shall be considered a "work made for hire" as defined by the
copyright laws of the United States. Company shall be the sole and exclusive owner and
copyright proprietor of all rights and title in and to the results and proceeds of Writer’s services
hereunder in whatever stage of completion. If for any reason the results and proceeds of Writer
services hereunder are determined at any time not to b