A Kill Fee is the amount paid to the freelancer when a project is killed or cancelled by the editor before it is completed and published. The purpose of a Kill Fee is to compensate the freelancer for any work done up to the point when the editor decides the project is no longer needed.
- The amount is agreed upon in advance by the freelancer and organization.
- The project must have been agreed to by both parties and the terms accepted.
- Negotiated before the project is accepted.
- The editor kills the project before it is completed.
The use and amount of Kill Fees will vary from one organization to another.
- Editors may include a Kill Fee as part of an assignment they send a freelancer.
- Freelancers may include a Kill Fee as part of the pitch they send to an editor or organization.
Note: A Kill Fee will only be paid out to the freelancer when the project is killed by the editor. A Kill Fee will never be paid out if the freelancer kills the project before it is completed. In this situation, no payment will be made to the freelancer.
Once a project is killed, it is closed. If a Kill Fee is to be paid, it will appear on the Transaction list.