Questions 559: Work For Hire

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Caine asks: “What can a content creator expect from the content producer/owner in a work-for-hire arrangement?”

Resources Mentioned:
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
Tom Swift by Victor Appleton II
Manhunt by James Patterson with James O. Born
Tom Clancy Power and Empire by Marc Cameron
The Patriot Attack by Robert Ludlum (sort of)

2 Comments

  1. As a Technical Writer and Editor of 20+ years, I find most everything in this episode to be right on the mark. Although, the addressed subject matter dealt more with freelance writing and periodical publication arm of the industry. If the industry/company is of a more technical nature (as mine have been), such as with Google, Boeing, and others, the needs of the contract are typically dictated by the industry standard. For example, if you are contracted to write for Microsoft, a style guide already exists. And, it will be expected for the writer (and editor) to comply with the designated voice and specifications of the style guide and other specifications. For those who find it difficult to write without their unique voice, this can be a difficult environment. Remember, you’re lending an instrument to an orchestral movement. As for the Writers’ Rooms in these types of organizations, I’ve always found them to be very collaborative. An editor once told me (in my early days), “…the goal is a concise message, not an ego.” 😉

    B. Christopher
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