Tad Crawford addresses these concerns in several of his books on legal
concerns for artists and illustrators. His books are available in
libraries and bookstores. You can copy the contracts and use as is or
you can tweak them to your own situation. One of his books is LEGAL
GUIDE FOR THE VISUAL ARTIST (Allworth Press, North Light Books). He
provides definitions, examples, and tips. His sections on negotiation
checklists for different kinds of jobs are alone worth the price of
these books, which are not very expensive to begin with.
You can also use a "confirming letter." I haven't done this in years
but the gist is that you are making a contract simply by sending a
letter confirming what you and the client have already agreed upon. The
client will sign one copy (you send two) and return it to you if all is
in agreement. Since your signature is on the first letter, you need not
sign again and send back to client. I found this a bit of a bother and
sometimes forgot to include information that I should have. Forms were
Also, you can check with Lawyers for the Arts. They have chapters in
San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.
I have found the following three books a necessity in my studio: Ralph
Mayer's, THE ARTISTS HANDBOOK; The GNSI HANDBOOK; and Crawford's.
On Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at 09:40 PM, Liz Day wrote:
> >>If a company asks me to provide illustrations for a publication I
> would like
> >>to have it all on paper. Therefore I asked them for a contract and
> then if
> >>became very silent. My conclusion is that they might not be as
> interested as
> >>they sounded before. However, I wonder if I should have send a
> contract to
> >>them in stead of waiting for them to make one.
> In my ignorance, I would have tended to think that having one's own
> pre-made "boilerplate" contract, ready to be tweaked to fit the
> of the job, and written so that it covers everything to your advantage,
> might be the norm among freelancers. Is this not the case? Or are
> too varied to make it practical?
> Liz Day
> Indianapolis IN USA