Thus, the preparation and signing of a confidentiality agreement between the parties (author/author and the other party) has simply never been a mainstream in the professional and amateur publishing sector. The agreement is very concrete to deal only with issues related to the transaction between the author and the publisher. It`s a big old insult to editors everywhere. Do authors think that professional publishers steal and publish novels? It`s a bit like the saying that maids don`t fly. If I ever did, I`d never have a job again, would I? Perhaps another author would plagiarize, as when Jeffrey Archer stole a story from Roald Dahl for The Guardian, but we publishers must be close, honest and aware of all the originality. In fact, I was unlucky enough to catch an author twice with 100% plagiarism. I read a lot, you know. I know what`s going on. The publishing world considers confidentiality agreements similar to those of venture capitalists: most of them will not approve the signing of the agreement and many will probably be eliminated if they are even asked to sign one. If you submit your work to an agent, publisher or film producer, you want to ensure that they are protected from unauthorized sharing or development. Similarly, self-published publishers and authors want to protect their interests in their dealings with third parties who bring a work to market. Not that I`m accusing you of doing this kind of thing, but I`m trying to help you put yourself in the author`s shoes for a while. Things happen and it`s just for the author to want to protect their idea.
If you have written a novel or similar book on the basis of a project, a summary design, a table of materials, ghostwriting etc, it is right that the author asks you to sign this type of agreement. After all, they trust you with the inner details of their idea. Some of you may be familiar with NDAs and the way they are used, but what you may not know is that there is a suitable place for them and there is an inappropriate place for them. As an author, you really don`t need an NDA. I know you can say, "Well, how to protect my intellectual property, AKA; my written work?` And we`ll get there. But first, I`ll tell you why an NDA is a bad idea for you as a writer. In addition, a confidentiality agreement and a confidentiality agreement are essentially the same. The content of the agreement is often no different from any other standard confidentiality agreement.
It defines the terms of confidentiality, the parameters of the agreement and certain other common legislation. Research the publishing process and get into the details of writing a good query, and you`ll have the polishing and skill publishers are looking for.