What is writing for hire?

Writing for hire is about payment terms and does not usually concern a self-publishing writer. (Unless you hire someone to do some writing for you.)

In most traditional publishing houses an author is paid royalties, a percentage related to the cost of the book. One outcome of royalties is a long-term relationship between the author and the publisher. Another outcome is paperwork, both legal and cash-related. People who want to avoid the long-term relationship or the paperwork contract work for hire.

When someone writes for hire, she is paid a flat fee, often in installments for a long work, like a book. Many educational publishers pay all their authors a flat fee. People who write things like advertising copy, training materials, or government documents write for hire.

Writing for hire is one of the editing services offered here. Check out the home page for others.

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