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Ghostwriting Agreement A Ghostwriting Agreement establishes the terms for ghostwriting services, specifying project scope, payment, authorship attribution, and confidentiality.

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This Ghostwriting Agreement (the "Agreement") is entered into as of the date of the last party to sign (the "Effective Date") by and between Jessica Turner (the "Author"), and Benjamin Clark (the "Ghostwriter") (each, a "Party," and collectively, the "Parties").


1.1. Project Scope

The Ghostwriter shall provide ghostwriting services for the Author by creating a written work (the "Work") based on the Author's ideas, topic, and content specifications. The Work shall include drafting, editing, revising, and proofreading the written content. The specific details of the project shall be mutually agreed upon in writing by the Parties and attached to this Agreement as Exhibit A (the "Project Description").


2.1. Fees

The Author agrees to pay the Ghostwriter a total fee of _______ United States Dollars (USD) for the completion of the Work. The fee shall be paid in installments as follows: _______ USD upon signing this Agreement, _______ USD upon submission of the first draft, and the remaining balance of _______ USD upon completion of the Work and submission of the final draft to the Author.

2.2. Expenses

The Author shall reimburse the Ghostwriter for all reasonable and pre-approved out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Ghostwriter in connection with the performance of the Services, including but not limited to travel, lodging, meals, and any research-related costs.

2.3. Payment Method

All payments by the Author to the Ghostwriter shall be made via [insert payment method] and shall be due within fifteen (15) days of the date of the Ghostwriter's invoice.


3.1. Authorship

The Work shall be the sole and exclusive property of the Author. The Ghostwriter acknowledges and agrees that the Work is created as a work-made-for-hire under the United States Copyright Act and shall be owned by the Author. In the event the Work is deemed not to be a work-made-for-hire, the Ghostwriter hereby assigns all right, title, and interest in and to the Work, including all copyrights, to the Author.

3.2. Attribution and Moral Rights

The Ghostwriter waives any right to have their name appear on the Work or to be identified publicly as the author or contributor of the Work. The Ghostwriter further waives any right to object to any distortion, mutilation, or modification of the Work, or any other action or use of the Work that would otherwise violate the Ghostwriter's moral rights under United States copyright law.


4.1. Confidentiality Obligations

During the term of this Agreement and for a period of five (5) years thereafter, the Ghostwriter shall hold in confidence and not disclose to any third party any confidential information relating to the Work, the Author, or the Author's business without the express prior written consent of the Author. Confidential information includes, but is not limited to, the contents of the Work, research materials, personal information of the Author, marketing strategies, and financial information.

4.2. Return or Destruction of Confidential Information

Upon the termination or expiration of this Agreement, or upon the Author's written request, the Ghostwriter shall promptly return or destroy, at the Author's discretion, all confidential information and copies thereof in the Ghostwriter's possession or control.


5.1. Term

This Agreement shall commence on the Effective Date and continue until the completion of the Work, unless terminated earlier in accordance with this Section.

5.2. Termination for Convenience

Either Party may terminate this Agreement for any reason upon providing thirty (30) days' written notice to the other Party. In the event of termination, the Author shall pay the Ghostwriter for all Services completed up to the date of termination, plus any pre-approved expenses, and shall not be entitled to a refund of any fees previously paid.


6.1. Indemnification

Each Party shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the other Party, its agents, employees, and representatives from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, losses, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or resulting from any breach of this Agreement, including but not limited to any breach of warranties, representations, or covenants made herein.


7.1. Governing Law

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States and the State of [insert state], without regard to its conflict of law principles.

7.2. Dispute Resolution

Any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement shall be settled by mediation, to be conducted by a mutually agreed-upon mediator. If the Parties cannot agree upon a mediator or if the dispute is not resolved through mediation, the dispute shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association, and judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.


8.1. Entire Agreement

This Agreement and any Exhibit attached hereto constitute the entire understanding and agreement between the Parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede all prior and contemporaneous agreements, whether oral or written, between the Parties.

8.2. Amendment

This Agreement may be amended or modified only by a written instrument signed by both Parties.

8.3. Waiver

Any waiver by either Party of a breach of any term or condition of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or any other term or condition.

8.4. Severability

If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect, and such invalid or unenforceable provision shall be deemed modified so as to be valid and enforceable to the greatest extent permitted by law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have executed this Agreement, in duplicate, as of the Effective Date.

____________________________ ____________________________
Jessica Turner (Author) Benjamin Clark (Ghostwriter)

Date: ______________________ Date: ______________________

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Sections of a Ghostwriting Agreement

In this Ghostwriting Agreement, you will see the following sections:

  1. Services
  2. Payment Terms
  3. Authorship Attribution
  4. Confidentiality
  5. Term and Termination
  6. Indemnification
  7. Governing Law and Dispute Resolution
  8. Miscellaneous

Summary of the sections:

  1. Services : This section outlines the scope of the project, including the Ghostwriter's responsibilities to create a written work based on the Author's ideas and specifications. The project details will be agreed upon by both parties and attached as Exhibit A.

  2. Payment Terms : This section details the payment structure, including the total fee, installment payments, and reimbursement for pre-approved expenses. It also specifies the payment method and due date for invoices.

  3. Authorship Attribution : This section establishes that the Author will own the exclusive rights to the written work, and the Ghostwriter waives any rights to be identified as the author or contributor. The Ghostwriter also waives any moral rights under copyright law.

  4. Confidentiality : This section requires the Ghostwriter to keep all information related to the Work, the Author, and the Author's business confidential for a specified period. It also outlines the procedure for returning or destroying confidential information upon termination or expiration of the Agreement.

  5. Term and Termination : This section defines the duration of the Agreement and the conditions under which either party may terminate the Agreement. It also outlines the payment obligations upon termination.

  6. Indemnification : This section states that each party will indemnify, defend, and hold the other party harmless from any claims, damages, or losses resulting from a breach of the Agreement.

  7. Governing Law and Dispute Resolution : This section specifies the governing law for the Agreement and the process for resolving disputes, including mediation and arbitration.

  8. Miscellaneous : This section covers various general provisions, such as the entire agreement, amendment, waiver, and severability clauses.

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