Originally Posted by Elfwreck
The idea that aspiring authors should defer a chance to work professionally at their craft until they can afford a lawyer to check the terms of their employment is ridiculous. Would you prefer that we had no books written by authors who can't yet afford a lawyer?
Having a lawyer run his eye over your contract is not something which need cost a great deal of money. When I did it for my textbook-writing contract, it cost me about £30 ($50), if memory serves me correctly (and he did suggest a couple of changes to the contact as a result). Putting to one side the image of authors starving in the proverbial garret, don't you think that spending a relatively small amount of money such as that is a sensible precaution, and one which it's worth investing?