Start Off on the Right Foot: Use Client Copywriting Agreements

Start Off on the Right Foot: Use Client Copywriting Agreements

May 3, 2021 | By Laurie Garrison | 2 Comments

Congratulations! You completed your Prospect Intake Checklist and submitted a proposal, which your prospect accepted. You now have a new project to complete for a client!

The next stop on our roadmap is to formalize the arrangement with a client copywriting agreement. No matter what type of writing project you’re working on, you want to have the terms and conditions spelled out in an Agreement. While this is especially important with new clients, I also write Agreements for new projects with existing or past clients. This protects both you and your client.

When possible, you want to be the party providing the Agreement, not your client. If the Agreement comes from your client, it will probably have been prepared by the legal department, include more legal language and be more favorable to the client. Some companies will only work with their Agreements, but if there’s an option, go with the Agreement you have prepared.

There are three primary types of Agreements — a General Agreement, an Agreement with Royalties, and a Retainer Agreement.


General Agreement

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Laurie Garrison

Laurie Garrison specializes in writing awards entries in multiple industries, as well and sales and marketing content for the sports industry. For 14 years, she was the managing editor of 84 issues of “Athletics Administration” magazine. Visit

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  • Thank you for all the great material. This is very helpful.
    The Agreement with Royalties seems to be the same as the General Agreement. Is there any way that I can get the correct Agreement with Royalties please?

    • I’m not sure what’s going on when you click the link under the Royalties section. When I do, it does have the Royalties agreement document not the general agreement. If you email me at, I can send you the Word doc as a reply to the email, but you should be getting it right from the post.

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