Legal writer's resources

Writer’s Resources: Business & Legal

Jennifer Mendez Writer's Resources

Establishing a legal, efficient writing business can be daunting. On one hand, writers should avoid racing to the bottom on freelance sites, like Elance, but they should also find safe methods of pitching to potential clients. Without a registered business, guarded against possible copyrighting mishaps, writers can quickly find themselves in horrifying situations.

Here are just some of the best resources to use when establishing a safe, legal writing business.

Copyscape

This easy to use resource allows a writer to typing any URL, including their author page, blog, etc. It lists all websites that may feature your content without your approval. It’s a free, ideal way of finding out if anyone has plagiarized your work.

Creative Commons

Every author needs a sure fire way of establishing copyrights on a webpage. For instance, if you decide to post a short story on your website, there needs to be a copyright label somewhere. It helps keep things legal and simple, making court disputes black and white. Creative Commons is free, and allows writer’s to embed these labels anywhere on a webpage. Choose whether your work can be adapted, or used commercially.

Performancing

Freelance writing is a business, one in which the writers are selling services. Article writing, or blogging, are services provided to companies for money. To establish a business the legal way, writers need to register with their state and then market themselves as a business. Performancing may not be able to assist with the registration process, but it does help writers get clients. It is a blog that provides information on how to turn your blog into a prime marketing tool for your business.

U.S. Copyright Office

Register your work for a fee. Sure, it does cost, but the FAQ provided is free, and it’s the best possible copyright resource for writers out there. While your work is technically copyrighted the minute you publish it in tangible form, the U.S. Copyright Office provides an extra layer of protection.

Preditors and Editors

Sometimes, having a list of who not to work with comes in handy. Avoid the scams featured on this site, and save some time and money along the way. Starting a writing business is difficult enough as it is!

Legal Guide for Bloggers

Yes, blogging has some applicable copyright laws. Thanks to The Electronic Frontier Foundation, bloggers can now research what those laws are. Business or not, every blogger should be using this resource.

Summary

Before starting a writing business, it is important to remember that copyrighting all creative work is essential. Registering the business with the state, and using a blog to market it, is the best method. No credible client wants to work with an illegal business.

Just remember, none of these resources will help without clients. Line them up, and expand your business with social media, and word of mouth. Referrals are friends, and should be treated with great care. Not only would your services be rated publically, but the client referring you would be held accountable if anything went wrong.

About the Author

Jennifer Mendez

Jennifer Mendez has brought insightful articles to Literative.com. From author interviews to how literature meets gaming to expert insight into tools and writing processes, her dedication to helping our author community is quite inspiring. You can find more of her writing at jennifermendez.com.

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