CO-WRITERS – WAYS ABOUT IT

I have had a few co-writing partners for different types of writing projects.
I am always amazed at the challenges this presents.
On the one hand, you could have a co-writer who must control everything
and yet bring out your best.

Or my favorite, my current a co-writer Kaz Drysdale out of Australia. She is not only willing to challenge my mind, but comes and explores with me.

About partnership agreements:
You and your writing partner will be assumed to be 50/50 regardless of the agreement you have written up.
For screenwriters, this should be the ideal. It ensures a true team effort,
it promotes equal and mutual respect between co-writers.

The same is at stake for both, the rewards equal.

First though, be sure you wish to be discovered as a co-writer.
Because the industry will forever see the two of you only as screenwriting partners.

There is no going it alone later without starting from scratch again.

Your agreement is the place to put in writing who does what.
And yes, that includes copyright, marketing, consultants
and both using their networks to see your script optioned, sold, produced,
marketed again and ultimately shown.

Don’t forget to discuss what will happen to the rights if one or both should perish.

Speaking of marketing, make sure you both agree on how you wish to promote your script
or you are going to have a hard splitting of the ways further along,
with no hope of your hard work ever being seen or possibly even being completed.
That is a lot of wasted time and talent that could have been avoided.

Do yourselves a huge favour.
On every step of the process from outline to final draft, set deadlines for yourselves.
It will help keep you both on track.

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