Business and Legal Forms for Authors and Self Publishers by Tad Crawford

By Tad Crawford

Containing 24 crucial enterprise and felony kinds for authors and self-publishers, this revised advisor contains 4 new varieties: book agreement, e-article agreement, translation agreement, and throwback of rights contract. every one shape is observed through step by step directions, suggestion on commonplace contractual provisions, and distinctive negotiation checklists for making the simplest deal. different kinds comprise: estimate, affirmation, permission, and nondisclosure types; and contracts with brokers, publishers, designers, and printers.• "This... publication might prevent time and retain you from having to profit firsthand a few disagreeable lessons." -Writer's Connection• contains a CD-ROM with digital types of the kinds in either workstation and Mac codecs• This replaces 1-58115-039-3, which offered 27,000 copies

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State that the author may inspect the books and records of the publisher and, if a discrepancy of more than 5 percent is found to the publisher’s advantage, the publisher shall pay the cost of the inspection. (Paragraph 12) ❏ Do not allow the publisher to place a time limit, such as one or two years after the mailing of the statement of account, on the author’s right to inspect the books and have errors corrected. ❏ Require that copyright notice appear in the name of the author. (Paragraph 13) ❏ Require the publisher to register the copyright.

In all editions or only those published by the publisher to be deemed out-of-print. ❏ Give the author the right to remove his or her name from the credits if the revision is not satisfactory. ❏ Make the agreement binding on successors and assigns of the parties. (Paragraph 19) ❏ Give the author the right to terminate if the publisher fails to give statements of account, fails to pay, or fails to publish. In all of these cases the author would retain the payments received from the publisher. (Paragraph 21) ❏ State that the contract will automatically ter- ❏ Do not allow assignment by one party minate if the publisher goes bankrupt or becomes insolvent.

If the book is reprinted, what will the author's royalty be? Many contracts drop the royalty rate to 20 percent of retail price. However, since the publisher made its profit before the book was printed, giving the publisher 80 percent of income requires scrutiny. motion and marketing of the book, including approving the content and appearance of press releases and direct mail brochures as well as the choice of lists to which mailings will be made. ❏ Consider whether the author might prefer to ❏ What royalty rate will the author receive?

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