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My employer wants me to co-copyright my book since I will be writing it on company time as well as personal time.  I would have to split profit but would have their help in distribution and permission to use in both corporate settings and personal seminars.  Can you advise?  Are there templates for a contract covering this relationship?

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When it comes to permissions and contracts, there really is not a template because each is unique.

What ever you both decided and agree mutually agree upon is written in contract form. I would suggest both getting a literary attorney (not a company attorney with their best interest at heart) and talk to him about your agreement and terms. He will draw the contract up and notarize and keep original, distributing copies to both parties.

Be sure your interest are protected. You are the author.

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Jannie Balliett

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I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.

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I'm a published writer, freelancer, and Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing for my two Online writer workshops.

Organizations
Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.

Publications
Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Education/Credentials
Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

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I have numerous clients using my service through my editorial service and numerous members in my Online writer workshops.

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