I just read an article about book covers in your newsletter that partially answered my question. I hired a pro to create original covers for my books. I know that, since it was a work for hire arrangement, that I own the covers but should I, or is it customary to, give credit to the designer in the book?
I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice.
That said, you really can’t assume your deal was “work for hire” unless you have a contract that specifically states that.
You also need to ask your designer if he/she requires credit and, if so, how he/she wants to be credited.
There is a link to a sample work-for-hire agreement in this article.
Again, this is not legal advice. It is my opinion. Please consult with your attorney regarding legal matters.
Angela Hoy lives on a mountain in North Georgia. She is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the President and CEO of BookLocker.com and AbuzzPress, and the author of 24 books.
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