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Prepared for:
[Author Name]

Prepared by:
[Publisher Name]

Book Publishing Contract

This Book Publishing Contract (hereinafter referred to as the "Contract"), is entered and shall stand effective on [Effective Date] (hereinafter referred to as the "Effective Date"), by and between [Publisher Company] (hereinafter referred to as the "Publisher") and [Author Name] (hereinafter referred to as the "Author") in preparation of coming to terms on the publication of [Work Title] (hereinafter referred to as the "Book").

Hereinafter, the Publisher and the Author shall be collectively referred to as the "Parties" and individually as "Party".

THEREFORE, in consideration of the covenants, other mutual promises, and agreements contained herein, the receipt and sufficiency of which are to be acknowledged hereby, the Parties comply with the terms and conditions as proposed below.
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Terms and Conditions

1. Sanctioning Rights

By signing this Contract, the Author grants the Publisher the following rights to the book as set forth below:
[Description of rights to be given to Publisher]

The rights mentioned in this section are sanctioned by the Author on behalf of themselves and their successors, heirs, executors, and any other third party who may claim rights from this point forward. The rights granted to the Publisher are not demographically bound and shall be considered universal.

2. Manuscript Draft

The Author agrees on delivering a complete manuscript in [Language] (hereinafter referred to as the "Manuscript") to the Publisher till [Due Date] through a certified mailing address or email, in any format. All forms of artwork, prefaces, references, acknowledgments are to be drafted to the Publisher till [Due Date].

In case the Publisher deems any delivered material to be unacceptable due to any condition, the Author shall be given a specific time period of [Period] by the Publisher for the Author to correct the said errors. Negligency upon which the Publisher holds their right to cancel the Contract providing a reasonable cause. Should the Author fail to draft the manuscript to the Publisher, or correct distortions in the given aforementioned period, they shall be required to repay all advance payments accepted from the Publisher.

3. Royalties and Advance Payment

As an advance against future royalties, the Publisher shall provide the Author a sum of [Amount] through cash, or bank transfer, or direct deposit, or net banking, or mobile payment, or any other form of repaying.

Furthermore, the Publisher agrees to pay royalties on [Net Sales/Gross Sales] according to the following:
Edition
Royalty Payment
Paperback
0.00%
Hardcover
0.00%
Translation
0.00%
Excerpts
0.00%
E-book
0.00%
Braille
0.00%
Merchandising
0.00%

4. Copyrights

The Publisher shall obtain a copyright for the Book in the Author's name by [Date] in accordance with [Publisher State] copyright protocols. Hereinafter, any and all material in the form of text, or graphics, or artistic material that the Publisher might append, the copyright shall be withheld by the Publisher at such specifics.

5. Publication

The Publisher shall publish the Book by [Publishing Date]. In the case of occurrence of unforeseeable events, through no miscue of the Publisher, might delay the date of publication. Furthermore, the Publisher shall have their rights at discretion to modify or edit the materials drafted prior to publication. However, it can only be done after the Author has reviewed and sanctioned approval to the aforementioned modifications.

In conjunction with that, although the Author withholds the right to review and approve of the refinements made by the Publisher, the Publisher shall forbear comprehensive rights for manufacture, distribution, marketing, and selling the completed work as they might feel necessary.

6. Account Statement and Competing Works

With signing this Contract, the Publisher accepts to provide the Author with statements of their account on a [Payment Plan] basis.

The Author agrees that they shall not publish other work that may include likeliness with the characters, plot, or any other references associated with this work, during the term of this Contract unless agreed upon by the Publisher. If the author considers publishing a sequel of the Book with another party, they may do so after the written consent of the Publisher.

7. Right to Cancel

The Author can cancel publication right any time whenever they deem that the Publisher has failed or is failing in withholding the terms of this Contract, and vice-versa.

A written notification to the other party regarding the issue must be sent while granting the other party a minimum of [Deadline to fix shortcomings] to overcome related shortcomings. If the other party fails to adequately maintain the expectations of the complaining party, the other party has their right to cancel this Contract and establish a publication relationship with another party.

With the cancellations of this Contract, all rights granted to the parties shall revert back.

8. Termination

Other than the provisions set forth in the above sections, this Contract may only be terminated for violation of the following conditions:
[Conditions that can terminate the Contract]

The Book shall be considered "out of print" if [conditions to be set by Publisher]. During such circumstances, all the copyrights owned by the Publisher, including all provisions mentioned herein, shall revert back to the Author and the Contract shall be considered terminated.

9. Arbitration

In the event of any dispute arising in and out of this Agreement between the Parties, it shall be resolved by Arbitration. There shall be [Number of Arbitrators], namely [Arbitrator Name] (hereinafter referred to as the "Arbitrator"), which shall be appointed by the Parties. The place of Arbitration shall be [Place of Arbitration] and Seat shall be [State of 'State']. The Arbitrators’ decision shall be final and will be binding upon both Parties.

10. Miscellaneous

  1. Warranty: The Author accepts that they are the sole creator of the Book and they have not published the book in any other form previously, neither have agreed to any other similar agreements governing the Book, and the Book is not in public domain previously.
  1. Indemnification: The Author indemnifies the Publisher harmless from any and all claims, demands, actions, etc. issuing forth from the publication of the Book; this includes and is unbounded of actions involving plagiarism, fraud, and theft.
  1. Governing Law: This Agreement shall be governed by and construed with respect to all aspects of the jurisdiction laws of the state of [State].
  1. Notices: All notices relating to the Contract shall be delivered to the Author and the Publisher through their certified mailing address or e-mail.
  1. Amendment: The Agreement hereby is not liable to be reformed, amended, or modified without the written consent of both the Parties. Violation of these may result in extreme legal charges. 
  1. Counterparts: The Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, by facsimile or electronic signature or otherwise, each of which shall be authentic but all of which together shall aggregate to this Agreement.
  1. Entirety: This Agreement constitutes the final, complete, and exclusive statement of the agreement of the Parties apropos the subject matter hereof, and supersedes any and all other prior and contemporaneous agreements and understandings, both written and phonated, between the Parties.
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