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Legal Issues

Travel writers may face some legal issues. As a travel writer, familiarize or re-familiarize yourself with terms such as copyright, trademark, patent, plagiarism, defamation/libel, and slander. For more information on these terms, visit legal terms for writers [1].

FYI: These terms are from our “tax section,” but it is best to mention them again. Familiarize yourself with Sole Proprietor [2], LLC [3], S Corporation [4], and C Corporation [5].

Next up, contract law. Let’s say you landed a couple of travel writing “gigs.” Perhaps you will be writing for a travel agency, bed and breakfast, major newspaper, local newspaper, travel magazine; you get the picture. You will want to protect yourself and communicate with your client via a freelance contract. Not all contracts are the same. You can have a very simple Letter of Agreement aka Letter of Intent [6] to a very binding legal document. You’ll probably want to brush up on non-compete agreements [7] or non-disclosure agreements [8]. Finally, there’s the negotiation of a contract. If you are not comfortable with negotiation, take a class in negotiation or pickup a book.

Retain It!: As a freelance travel writer, you may work on a retainer [9]. Basically a retainer [10] is a contract between two people or companies where one pays to reserve the others time.

Visit the following websites to learn more about a contract and contract law: how to create a freelance contract [11], step by step help on creating a freelance contract [12], negotiating a contract [13], contract law [14], and legal points for bloggers [15].

Learning what a breach of contract [16] will be helpful to you. Visit remedies for a breach of contract [17] to learn about what you may be entitled to if you suffer a breach of contract.