All original material remains the property of the little typewriter (TLT) until final payment is received. When full and final payment is completed, copyright of the work produced is automatically assigned to the client. The client can then use the work however they wish. In the event that a project is cancelled before completion by the client, the client waives copyright to any and all work completed.
TLT also reserves the right to display and link to the completed project as part of an online portfolio. (The link will also help the client’s Google ranking.)
TLT relinquishes all responsibility for legal repercussions that may be incurred on publication or distribution of material by the client. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure the accuracy of all content and that all information provided to, or produced by TLT is factual and correct.
TLT cannot be liable to clients or any third party for damages, including lost profits, lost savings, complaints, claims, litigation or other incidental, consequential or special damages which arise regarding the project.
If any provision of the copywriting agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
Unless otherwise stated, every project will include two rounds of edits. Additional rounds operate as a variation and incur additional fees at $70 per hour.
When we work together, I’ll give you a Q+A creative brief. This is important for teasing out the copywriting gold and defining your project scope and vision. Project briefs that are perfected from the start result in minimal edits later, saving you time and money.
TLT strongly believes in hitting deadlines, but this is only achieved if we work together.
TLT is not responsible for a missed deadline if the client has been late with a deposit, slow to supply materials or not provided feedback to agreed timescales.
TLT also cannot be responsible for deadlines missed due to circumstances completely beyond control, like family emergencies, acts of God and so on (within reason). I’m a one-lady band. But if this should happen, the client will be updated accordingly and work prioritised as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
Further changes will obviously take extra time. Deadlines can be agreed upon together, but TLT will do everything reasonable to meet the client’s needs.
Writing is my bread and butter, so prompt payment is important. The client must agree to adhere tight to the following payment schedule, as I agree to adhere tight to our project schedule.
Unless otherwise agreed, projects exceeding $1,000 are subject to a 50% deposit before work commences. Jobs less than this amount require full payment in advance.
Weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment retainers are set up, depending on project size + client’s needs for part-payments of the work completed thus far. Final invoice is issued upon project completion. Payment must be paid in full before the copyright of work is transferred to client.
A $60.00 service charge is payable on all overdue balances for reissuing each invoice at 21 days, 42, 63 and 84 days from the date of original invoice.
If the project is urgent and required to take priority over other projects, an urgency fee will be applied at a 30% rate of the total quote. If the urgency of the project changes part way, an urgency fee of 30% can be applied to the remaining portion of work to be completed, subject to availability.
If the client wishes to cancel the copywriting agreement, TLT retains the deposit and the client will be required to make an additional payment(s) to cover any work already completed. This ‘kill fee’ (not as dangerous as it sounds, I promise) will be based on the percentage of the project completed.
If the client wishes to cancel after the project is finalised, the full amount quoted and signed off on must be paid within 14 days.
If TLT cancels the project, the client will be under no obligation to pay for any work not completed. Any monies already paid (including the deposit) will be refunded in full to the client within 14 days. Should the client wish to use any completed material and secure copyright to that material, the client must pay for all or any work completed to date in accordance with the standard payment terms.