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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Book Proposals & Query Letters by Coleen O'Shea, Marilyn Allen

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The Collaboration Agreement

If an author is working with a co-writer, we always suggest a collaboration agreement, which establishes each person’s role, the financial arrangement, acceptability of the work, and timelines and due dates. Collaboration agreements are as varied as the parties and situations involved. But in addition to the usual contract legalese, all of them spell out specific expectations of the parties to the agreement. Most literary agents will help their clients draft a formal collaboration agreement, or some writers choose to retain an attorney to help them.

Advances and Royalty Splits

If a co-writer is asked to rewrite a proposal, or writes an initial proposal before it comes to us, an equitable arrangement is usually ...

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