Dublin, OH asked in Contracts for Ohio

Q: Do I need a work for hire agreement for an editor and illustrator when I want to own my book rights, independent author?

I want to start writing and publishing children’s picture books as an independent author. I have written a 32 page book. i have already paid for copyrights. I want to hire an editor to look it over (line editing and copy editing) before I hire an illustrator. I am funding this entire project. Do I need to write up a work for hire agreement? I really do not understand what this means since this is my first time doing something like this. Can you explain how this works? I just want to ensure that I own everything after my book gets published, thanks.

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: The contracts you sign with editor, illustrator, etc. must assign all of their WMFH copyright rights to you. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain an intellectual property rights attorney who can explain the copyright issues and prepare appropriate contracts.

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