ASA partnership with Arts Law for contract assessments

ASA partnership with Arts Law for contract assessments


Got a publishing offer? Looking for advice? Have you heard of our contract assessment service? It's one of the ASA’s most valued services. We know how critical it is that you understand your contract and are well informed on industry standards, so that you can evaluate and benchmark your offer.

We’ve recently reviewed this service and are delighted to announce some improvements we’re planning. We have begun a trial partnership with the Arts Law Centre of Australia to enhance our contract advice. We want to continue to provide members with a comprehensive industry assessment of your publishing offer, but enhance it with a legal reading as well, so that you are in the strongest possible position to negotiate with your publisher.

Arts Law is the national legal centre for the arts and is as committed as we are to empowering creators. We’re really proud of this joint initiative!

What contracts do we assess?

We can assess your publishing contract but many other types of contracts as well. The service covers:

  • publishing contracts (whether print or digital or both)
  • publishing services agreements
  • commissioned work agreements
  • ghostwriting agreements
  • literary agent agreements
  • distribution agreements

What is the process?

You submit a contract assessment request via our website and pay the fee. Staff members of the ASA and Arts Law will then assess your contract and a written report will be sent to you within 7 working days.

Here's what one of our members had to say about the service:

"Thank you for getting the assessment arranged so speedily and for the quality of the advice. I’m deeply impressed with the amount of work the assessor has put into reading and commenting on my contract."
 – Steven Lang, author

How much does it cost?

The cost of a contract assessment is heavily subsidised and we have endeavoured to contain costs as much as possible. Under our new partnership arrangement, the cost of a contract assessment is $195 for members and $245 for writers’ centre members.

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