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Book Publishing Contract Template

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This publishing contract, the “contract”, is entered into as of contract created date by and between [Sender.Company], the “Publisher”, and [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName], the “Author”. This publishing contract governs the publication of the work(s) listed below:

Grant of Rights

[Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] grants [Sender.Company] full right and title to the following, in perpetuity:

  • The right to publish, sell, and profit from the listed works in all languages and formats in existence today and at any point in the future.
  • To create or devise modified, abridged, or derivative works based on the works listed.
  • To allow others to use the listed works at their discretion, without providing additional compensation to [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName].

These rights are granted by [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] on behalf of him/herself and their successors, heirs, executors, and any other party who may attempt to lay claim to these rights at any point now or in the future.

Any rights not granted to [Sender.Company] above remain with [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName].

The rights granted to [Sender.Company] by [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] shall not be constrained by geographic territories and are considered global in nature.

Author Compensation

[Sender.Company] shall provide [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] with an advance against future royalties in the amount of advance amount.  This advance shall be paid to [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] as follows

[Sender.Company] agrees to provide the [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] with royalties as follows:​


[Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] agrees to deliver a completed manuscript in manuscript language, the “Manuscript” to [Sender.Company] no later than manuscript due date. The Manuscript may be delivered via certified mail or email in printed or digital format. 

Additionally, [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] shall deliver all artwork, prefaces, references, acknowledgments, and other “frontmatter” or “backmatter” at a date to be determined by [Sender.Company].

Should [Sender.Company] deem any delivered material to be unacceptable for any reason, [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] shall be granted a period of time (to be determined by [Sender.Company]) to correct such defects. If [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] fails to correct defects in the time granted, [Sender.Company] reserves the right to cancel this book publishing contract with cause.Should [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] fail to deliver the Manuscript or related materials, or fail to correct defects in time granted, [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] shall be required to repay any advance payments received back to [Sender.Company].


[Sender.Company] shall have the exclusive right to edit or modify the delivered materials at their discretion prior to publication. However, [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] shall have the right to review any modifications and grant approval prior to publication.

While [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] shall have the right to review and approve and changes to content, the work’s format, cover design, and final artwork, [Sender.Company] shall retain full right to manufacture, distribute, market, and sell the completed work as they deem necessary.​[Sender.Company] agrees to provide page proofs of the material prior to publication. These proofs shall include all content, including artwork. [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] agrees to review and return these proofs to [Sender.Company] within 30 days. If [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] makes or requests changes to the content aside from typographical errors in excess of 5% of the typesetting cost, then [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] agrees to pay such costs to [Sender.Company].​[Sender.Company] agrees that the works covered under this book publishing contract will be published within one year of delivery of the initial manuscript.​

[Sender.Company] agrees to consult with [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] regarding marketing the published works, but reserves the right to make final decisions regarding sales and marketing of the works. [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] grants [Sender.Company] the right to use [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName]‘s name and likeness as they see fit for marketing purposes.


[Sender.Company] shall include a copyright notice in [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName]‘s name on all published copies of the works in accordance with United States copyright regulations. The 


[Sender.Company] shall provide [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] with a quarterly statement detailing net copies sold and net revenues after publication of the works, along with quarterly royalty payments in accordance with the terms of this book publishing contract. Reports and payments shall be delivered to [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] by [Sender.Company] no later than the final business day of each calendar quarter on an ongoing basis.

Warranties & Indemnity

[Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] warrants that the works governed by this book publishing contract are their sole intellectual property, that no other similar agreements governing these works exist, and that the works are not in the public domain.

Additionally, [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] warrants that the works do not infringe on copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual rights of any third parties. If the works governed by this book publishing contract contain statements presented as fact, [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] warrants that such statements are true and accurate.

Furthermore, [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] agrees to refrain from entering into agreements with third parties that conflict with the terms of this book publishing contract.

Author’s Right to Cancel

Should [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] deem that [Sender.Company] has failed or is failing to uphold the terms of this book publishing contract, [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] shall notify [Sender.Company] in writing, and grant [Sender.Company] a minimum of 90 days to correct such shortcomings. If [Sender.Company] fails to adequately address the issues presented by [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName], [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] shall have the right to cancel this book publishing contract and seek to establish a publication relationship with another publisher.

Publisher’s Right to Cancel

Similarly, [Sender.Company] shall have the right to cancel this book publishing contract should they deem that [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] has failed to uphold it’s terms, after granting [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] a period of at least 90 days to correct such issues.Should either party cancel this book publishing contract, all rights granted to [Sender.Company] shall revert to [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName].

General Terms

This book publishing contract represents the entire agreement between [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] and [Sender.Company].

This contract may not be altered, amended, or otherwise modified except through written form requiring signature by both parties.

Should multiple individuals be considered [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] of the works governed by this book publishing contract, each of those individuals shall be liable for adhering to the terms of this contract.​

[Sender.Company] and [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] shall be granted an extension on any time-sensitive duties related to this book publishing contract should circumstance beyond their control interfere with their ability to execute their contractual obligations.

All notices related to this contract shall be delivered via certified mail or email.

This book publishing contract shall be considered legally binding upon both parties heirs, partners, associates, subsidiaries, successors, executors, and licensees.

This contract shall be governed by the laws of [Sender.State].

Any disputes related to this contract shall be resolved through binding neutral arbitration.


THEREFORE, having read and understood the terms of this book publishing contract, [Client.FirstName][Client.LastName] and [Sender.Company] (or their authorized representatives) hereby execute and enter into this contract with one another as of the dates below.









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