Sample Author Contract

Actual Left Publications

5329 Carefree Ct

Cincinnati, OH 45238


Between Actual Left Publications, hereinafter referred to as the “Publisher,” and [Author Name], hereinafter referred to as the “Author.”

Concerning an anthology to be compiled by the Publisher entitled [Anthology Title] (the “Anthology”):

1. The Author hereby grants permission to print “[Title]” (the “Work”) in the Anthology, to be published by the Publisher in the English language in all countries throughout the world. The Anthology as a whole may be licensed by the Publisher to other publishers for foreign language or audio editions. This permission constitutes first World-English rights, as well as non-exclusive world anthology rights and non-exclusive audio anthology rights to the Work.

2. The Author agrees not to publish or permit others to publish the Work in any form prior to its publication and appearance in the Anthology for a period of eighteen (18) months after the publication of the Anthology without the prior written permission of the Publisher.

3. The Author represents and warrants that he/she holds the rights to the Work, and that to the best of the Author’s knowledge the Work does not contain any libelous material and is not in violation of any rights of privacy or any other rights of third persons, and does not violate any existing common law or statutory copyrights.

4. All rights not specifically granted in this agreement are reserved by the Author.

5. The volume as a compilation shall be copyrighted in the name of Patrick Barney, as editor. Acknowledgment of the Author’s copyright shall appear in the volume as follows: “[Title]” by [Author Name]. © [Year] [Author Name].

6. The Author grants permission for transcription of the Story into Braille, tape, talking, or oversized book, only in case that book or Work is selected for such transcription by a non-profit organization for the handicapped.

7. The Author shall receive one free copy of the first edition; and, wherever possible, one free copy of all other editions.

8. This memorandum of agreement shall be interpreted under the laws of the State of Ohio.

9. If the Publisher fails to publish the Anthology within 36 months of the date of this Agreement, all rights granted hereunder shall immediately revert to the Author. In such event, the Author shall retain any payments made under this agreement prior to such reversion.



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