Book Contract

Below is our standard contract: we are a small press and do not pay advances. We publish e-book only but can arrange for paper copies.

 Reversions are outlined in 2); permissions are outlined in 4) and royalty rates are detailed in 6).

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT made this XXXXX day of XX 20XX, between XXXXX also known as XXXXX (hereinafter called the Author) for themselves and their successors of the one part and MANIFOLD PRESS of 115 Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 9AJ (hereinafter called the Publisher) for themselves, their successors and assigns of the other part, with regard to a work (hereinafter called the Work) presently entitled XXXXX.

1) The Author grants to the Publisher certain limited, exclusive rights as follows: to publish, distribute and sell the Work in electronic form in the United Kingdom and via the Internet to other countries, in the English language and for a term of two years from the date of publication, with an option to renew the Agreement at the end of this period only with the written consent of both parties.
2) All rights not specifically granted to the Publisher are reserved to the Author, including but not limited to paperback and hardback rights.
3) On or before XXXXX the Author shall deliver to the Publisher a complete manuscript of approximately XXXXX words and will conform to the Publisher’s submission guidelines.  The manuscript shall be in the following form: computer files (.doc, .rtf or .txt).  If the Author fails to deliver the complete manuscript within fifteen days of receiving notice from the Publisher of late delivery, the Publisher has the right to terminate this Agreement.
4) The Author agrees to obtain all permissions that are necessary for the use of materials copyrighted by others, and agrees that the Publisher is not responsible for any financial liability incurred in acquiring permissions.  Copies of such permissions shall be provided to the Publisher in writing when the manuscript is delivered.
5) The Publisher shall publish the Work within one year of the delivery of the complete manuscript.  Failure to so publish shall give the Author the right to terminate this Agreement ninety days after giving written notice to the Publisher of the failure to publish.
6) The Publisher shall pay the Author 40% royalties on ebook sales made via selected ebook distributors, to be paid quarterly by cheque or electronic transfer of funds on or within fifteen days of 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December.  Royalties may be paid in any currency preferred by the Author but all calculations will be made in pounds sterling.
7) The Author may request a CD containing one copy of the .pdf form of the ebook upon publication.  If preferred a printed-out (comb bound) paper copy or a complete set of review (electronic) copies may be substituted upon request.
8) The Publisher shall place a copyright notice in the Author’s name on all copies of the Work.  The Author shall receive credit as follows:


9) The Author certifies that this is his/her original work, and that he/she maintains the right to the material.  Should any allegations of libel, plagiarism or copyright infringement arise due to the content or previous publication of the work, the Author agrees to indemnify the Publisher against all liability, financial or otherwise.
10) The publisher shall consult with the Author regarding the title of the Work, price and means of selling the Work.  In case of disagreement, the Publisher has final power of decision over all matters except the following, controlled by the Author; character names, book title and situations/descriptions contained therein.  No changes shall be made in the complete manuscript of the Work by persons other than the Author, except for reasonable copy editing, unless the Author consents to such changes. Cover art is created at the discretion of the Publisher and shall not be a condition set forth by the Author.
11) The Author agrees to revise the work on request by the Publisher.  If the Author cannot revise the Work or declines to do so without good cause, the Publisher shall have the right to have the Work revised by a person competent to do so.
12) This Agreement may not be assigned by either party without the written consent of the other party hereto.  The Author, however, shall retain the right to assign payments hereunder without obtaining the Publisher’s consent.  This Agreement shall be binding on the parties and their respective heirs, administrators, successors and assigns.
13) In the event of an infringement of the rights granted under this Agreement to the publisher, the Publisher and the Author shall have the right to sue jointly for the infringement and, after deducting the expenses of bringing suit, to share equally in any recovery.  If either party chooses not to join in the suit, the other party may proceed and, after deducting all the expenses of bringing the suit, any recovery shall be shared equally between the parties.
14) The Author has the right to terminate this Agreement by written notice if:
(a) The Work goes out of print and the Publisher, within ninety days of receiving notice from the Author that the work is out of print, does not place the Work in print again.  A work shall be deemed out of print if it is not available for sale in reasonable quantities through the normal trade channels;
(b) If the Publisher fails to provide payment pursuant to paragraph 6 above; or
(c) If the Publisher fails to publish in a timely manner.
15) The Publisher shall have the right to terminate this agreement as provided in paragraph 3 above.  This Agreement automatically terminates in the event of the Publisher’s insolvency and all rights revert to the Author.  If the Author wishes to terminate this Agreement under any conditions save those outlined above, the Author shall be liable for all reasonable costs and expenses incurred by the Publisher in terminating the Agreement.
16) The Author consents to the use of his/her name/pen name for promotion or advertising of the Work, provided that such use is dignified and consistent with the Author’s reputation.
17) The Author agrees to provide the Publisher, no later than the date of publication, details of a postal address at which he or she can reliable be contacted throughout the period of the contract.  Failure to provide such an address, or to give immediate notification of any change of address, may result in royalties being withheld until the appropriate information becomes available.
18) This Agreement represents the entire Agreement between the parties.  All modifications of this Agreement must be in writing and must be signed by both parties.
19) This Agreement shall be covered by the laws of England.
20) IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties have signed this Agreement as of the date first set forth above.
Author: Date:
Publisher: on behalf of MANIFOLD PRESS