Notes on negotiating rates for
Crosswords

These are some things to remember when negotiating rates for crosswords. And please send us your accounts of successful negotiations.

  • Crosswords are copyright works. Compilers should expect to be paid for each edition they are published in - which means granting a limited licence, for example for one edition of one newspaper.
  • Since most crosswords do not go out of date, the potential for abuse is significant and assignment of rights to a work that could be used in puzzle books in twenty years' time would be foolish.
  • Each extra use licensed - for example in other newspapers in the same group - should attract an extra fee.
  • The rates are suggested as minima from which freelance compilers will negotiate upward according to their experience, wit and specialist knowledge.
  • Freelances who are registered for VAT will add it to every invoice.

We would much appreciate hearing from compilers of more rates actually paid. Two tow a Yukon hod (3, 4, 4, 2, 2).

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Text © Mike Holderness & previous contributors; Moral rights asserted. Comments to ffg@londonfreelance.org please. You may find the glossary helpful.

The National Union of Journalists must not, can not and would not wish to dictate rates or terms of engagement to members or to editors. The information presented here is for guidance and as an aid to equitable negotiation only.

Suggestions apply to contracts governed by UK law only. In any event, nothing here should be construed as legal advice.