Well, first of all, you have to know what they are…
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Hardly a day goes by that TVWriter™ and, mostly, LB, don’t get an inquiry or three from new writers wanting to know how to protect their work from being stolen or how to protect themselves from being taken advantage of, or even scammed, in a deal.
Our advice, always, is “Get an attorney to negotiate your contract.” It’s likely, however, that the attorney thing mostly gets ignored because…attorney. Expensive. Scary. We know how the very idea of calling a lawyer makes us feel, and if you’re anything like that – yikes!
So here’s another way to protect yourself. And it’s free. Go to the Writers Guild of America, West, website and find out exactly what’s up. We’ve found one part of the site to be particularly helpful. It’s the Writer’s Resources section, which you can find in the menu at the top of the home page, right below the WGAW logo.
There you’ll find links to on-site articles about:
- agency list
- contracts & compensation
- creative rights
- feature access project
- foreign levies program
- get paid on time
- indie film
- l.a. city business tax
- new media
- writer access project
- writing for episodic TV
LB especially recommends the “writing for episodic TV” and “creative rights” subtopics.
So read, learn, and, you know, prosper.
And, of course, email TVWriter™ if you still need to know more.