Has This Ever Happened to You?
- A publication accepts your story idea, you write the piece, they decide not to use it; you get nothing or a small percentage of your fee.
- You are asked to rewrite your piece to meet a new editorial agenda — for no additional fee.
- You meet your deadline, and then you wait for payment — for months, and months, and months.
- A tech publisher insists you commit yourself full time, but refuses to pay you benefits.
- Your publisher sell the electronic rights to your work without your knowledge or permission.
- You are offered a contract that (unless you have a law degree) leaves you completely confused about your rights, your royalties, and other important provisions.
Do You Want to Know More About…
- Story and book proposals
- Finding, evaluating, and dealing with publishers and agents
- Contracting with publishers, editors, and agents
- Copyright, fair use, and infringement
- Doing research on the Internet
- Writing for the World Wide Web
- Alternatives to mainstream publishing
- Writers resources
Then check out these benefits of joining NWU
- Journalism and book contract advisors who can advise you in negotiations with editors, publishers, and agents, and review your contracts before you sign
- Grievance services from a specialist who will represent you in conflicts with publishers and agents
- Free access, by phone or Internet, to a job hotline that lists writing jobs throughout the country
- A database that locates and evaluates literary agents nationwide
- Press credentials for working journalists
- Discounts on computers, software, car rentals, and delivery services, and a special low-rate long distance telephone service through our affiliation with the UAW
And, most important of all, the knowledge that you are part of an organization working to improve the working lives and economic well-being of freelance writers like you
- A chance to meet other writers and share information and support
- A volunteer mentoring program that can help you find answers to your writing questions, and even advance your career
- Authoritative information and advice on subjects as copyright, how to negotiate a writing contract, and more
- Free contract reviews by trained advisors
- An extensive database of literary agents, including members’ ratings of their performance
- Skilled assistance in ironing out disagreements with editors and pubilshers
- Workshops and conferences to help you sharpen your creative and business skills
- The certain knowledge that no one in the chapter will ever ask when you’re going to get a real job
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