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Hana C Member Since: Sep 13, 2018
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I am writing ebooks on Upwork. What should I do when potential clients ask me to send an example of ebook I previously wrote (during our interview)?

I did them for other clients and I don't feel that it is fair to share them with others. 

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
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@Hana C wrote:

I am writing ebooks on Upwork. What should I do when potential clients ask me to send an example of ebook I previously wrote (during our interview)?

I did them for other clients and I don't feel that it is fair to share them with others. 


 Assuming that these ebooks are published, and therefore widely available, I don't see a problem with it. 

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
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@Martina P wrote:

@Hana C wrote:

I am writing ebooks on Upwork. What should I do when potential clients ask me to send an example of ebook I previously wrote (during our interview)?

I did them for other clients and I don't feel that it is fair to share them with others. 


 Assuming that these ebooks are published, and therefore widely available, I don't see a problem with it. 


Well, I do. She cannot just share a book she does not own with a third party.

 

Hana, ask you first client if it is ok if you use the book as reference. If you get a thumbs up, you can share it but NOT WITHOUT permission. What you can do is provide a link to the book so the new client can check the feedback by readers etc.

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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
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Fair, shmair. The relevant terms are permitted/not permitted.

It's a traditional courtesy on the part of publishers to allow portfolio/sample use by actual authors, who under copyright law have by default the "right of paternity." As Jennifer points out, extension of such a courtesy must be made explicit and cannot be assumed; on the other hand, it's not unusual to ask for it.

 

You might find it easier to have portfolio/sample use as a standard contract clause when you start a job. The client is free to reject it. Having your own contract also opts you out of Upwork's default clause on assignment of rights, which is needlessly onerous.

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