Terms of Agreement
These terms and conditions apply to any work done on behalf of the Client by Ruth Strother and Get It Write Editorial Services. They are provided to help ensure a successful and amicable working relationship. I strive for clarity and understanding of expectations during the time we are working together and am happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have throughout the process.
I will provide services agreed upon in writing by both the Client and me. E-mail correspondences will suffice for a written agreement. I confirm that I am self-employed and this agreement is a work for hire. The Client is under no obligation to offer me work, nor am I under any obligation to accept work offered by the Client. All work will be carried out unsupervised at times and places of my discretion using my own equipment.
Estimates and Fees
I will provide a time and cost estimate in good faith based on the information provided by the Client and an evaluation of the manuscript. I reserve the right to offer a time frame conducive to my schedule, charge extra for urgent turnaround times, or refuse a certain piece of work based on my workload or the work’s topic.
The agreed-upon fee is nonnegotiable unless the Client extends the word count of the job or requests additional services. Additional services include, but are not limited to, a vastly revised manuscript before start of project or before additional passes. In these cases, a revised estimate and job-completion date will be negotiated.
I will supply the Client with an invoice immediately upon completion of the work. For larger projects, I will invoice the Client on the first of each month or on another schedule that is mutually agreeable. Payment should be received within 30 days of the invoice date unless other arrangements have been previously agreed upon.
I accept payment by check or by PayPal. If paying through PayPal, I reserve the right to impose an additional charge to cover PayPal’s service fee.
In the unlikely event that payment is late and the Client is not working with me to negotiate a revised payment schedule, a late payment fee of 10 percent will be applied to payment received between 30 and 60 days past due. An additional 10 percent late fee will be levied for each additional 30 days past due. I reserve the right to engage the services of a debt collection agency. In such an event, the Client will be liable for any charges I have to pay for the agency’s services, and this will be added to the Client’s bill.
Upon acceptance, the Client’s work will be queued based on my schedule and current workload, although I will do whatever I can to meet the Client’s preferred turnaround time.
In the course of the project, if I experience extraordinary or difficult circumstances such as illness or a family crisis that affect the original deadline, I will contact the Client in writing at the earliest opportunity and do my best to renegotiate the time frame of the project. I will stop work until the Client decides how to proceed.
Similarly, if the Client experiences extraordinary or difficult circumstances such as illness or a family crisis that affect the submission date, the Client agrees to contact me as soon as possible to discuss rescheduling possibilities or cancellation. Any interruption of the initial schedule, no matter the cause, may result in a delay or my inability to take on the project based on my schedule and availability.
Both the Client and I have the right to terminate a contract at any time if there is a serious breach of its terms.
Absent of a serious breach of terms, if the Client cancels the work prior to the project commencing but after agreeing to a schedule and to the terms and conditions of service herein, I reserve the right to invoice for 50 percent of the agreed-upon full fee.
If the Client cancels the work during the project and the job is over halfway complete, I reserve the right to invoice for the agreed-upon full fee. If the job is less than halfway complete, I reserve the right to invoice for 50 percent of the agreed-upon full fee.
If the Client’s manuscript is significantly different from or longer than the originally agreed-upon project, I reserve the right to adjust the cost estimate and schedule or turn down the work.
I strive for excellence, but I do not guarantee my work to be flawless; no one is perfect. A typo or missed element here or there is not grounds for cancellation or withholding payment.
I will keep the nature and content of the work confidential unless specifically authorized in writing by the Client.
All original content delivered to Get It Write Editorial Services by the Client is owned by the Client. Following payment of my invoice, any content created by me as part of my services will become the copyright of the Client unless otherwise agreed.
If I discover plagiarized text in the Client’s work, I reserve the right to refuse to continue work on the manuscript and to charge the Client according to the Cancellation Policy.
The same conditions apply if I find text copied from an organization’s or person’s website or if I am asked to change text lifted from one source to be used in another without attribution.
The editor's role is to improve the manuscript, not to guarantee perfection. No guarantees are made as to the manuscript being completely error-free, though all efforts will be made to make it so. The Client is ultimately responsible for the final version that goes to the printer. The Client will indemnify and hold me harmless from any and all claims, demands, suits, costs, and expenses relating to the Works.
Accepting these Terms of Agreement
I will draw the Client’s attention to these Terms of Agreement. By sending me work to complete, the Client is accepting these Terms of Agreement. It is therefore in the Client’s interest to read these carefully and advise me of any issues up front.
This agreement is subject to the laws of California. In the unlikely event that the Client and Get It Write Editorial Services have a dispute that cannot be resolved amicably, it shall be adjudicated in the appropriate state or federal court in Riverside, California. The prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its reasonable attorneys’ fees, in addition to all other payments.