Q: I'm planning to use lots of freelance writers and contracters
to manage my publication, instead of employees. Where can I find
sample contracts for these folks?
Answer: Fortunately, there are several good
resources for you.
There is a wealth of material about hiring outside contractors
in our new book, Every
Nonprofit's Guide to Publishing, 2007, Nolo.com. This
book also has great tips about design, editing, and building
websites that will help you manage your freelancers more effectively.
See the Rates and Practices section of the Freelance Writer's
Guide from the National Writers Union www.nwu.org to
get a better idea of appropriate freelance rates to set. This
site may also have a sample freelance writing contract you can
For a sample freelance artist contract, consult the Graphic
Artists Guild at www.gag.org and
check the resources section.
A good resource for finding independent advertising sales firms is the National
Association of Publishers Representatives (NAPR) www.naprassoc.com,
a professional association of sales firms. Its website has a database of firms
by location and valuable tips on hiring and managing someone who sells ads
for your publication.
For general information on drafting a freelance contract, including
sample language to use, see the book Consultant and Independent
Contractor Agreements, by Stephen Fishman (Nolo).
When you are ready to hire employees, or if you want to learn
more about salaries and publishing job descriptions, go to the
job board hosted by Folio magazine at www.magjobsonline.com
Read our article about writing business
plans for magazines. You should also read Cheryl Woodard's book, Starting & Running
a Successful Newsletter or Magazine (Nolo Press). The book will give
you an overview of the whole business so you know what you're getting into.
It's available in bookstores everywhere, online from Amazon.com or from
Nolo Press at 800-992-6656. Amazon sells the book for about $19 plus shipping.
Bookstores sell it for $29.95. Most libraries have it, too.
There are several other good books about starting publications in our online
publishing bookstore. We also offer a simple magazine
business plan kit that will help you quickly assess the potential for your
magazine idea and develop the financial projections you will need.
After you've read some books and written your business plan, contact us. We
offer a range of low-cost consulting services for