This is a sample publishing contract. Yours may be slightly different but this does give you a good idea of what it entails.

TT Publishing Agreement (SAMPLE)

AGREEMENT made this day as listed above in the submission form between the author whose name is listed in the above submission form. (hereinafter called the Author); and TT Publishing whoseprincipal place of business is at Walnut California, USA. email (hereinafter called the Publisher);

In consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties agree as follows:


The author hereby grants and assigns to the Publisher the exclusive rights to publish in the English language in book form in all countries of the world, a Work now entitled as listed in the form above (hereinafter called the Work), which title may be changed only by Publisher for marketing purposes.
The Author, on behalf of the Author and the Author’s heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assignees, grants the following exclusive worldwide rights to the Publisher to produce, publish and sell in electronic format(s) the Work in English for an indefinite period of time and optionally, to produce and sell in paper format(s) the Work in English for an indefinite period of time.


The Author represents that he is the sole proprietor of the Work and that the Work to the best of his knowledge does not contain any libelous matter and does not violate the civil rights of any person or persons, does not infringe any existing copyright and has not heretofore been published in book form. The Author hereby represents and warrants to the Publisher that the Author holds the full power and authority to grant these rights. The Author hereby represents and warrants to the Publisher that the Work has not been published in any format with any company or person that may still own proprietary rights to the Work. The Author hereby represents and warrants to the Publisher that the Work is original and that no part of the Work was taken from or based on any other literary, dramatic or musical material, or from any film or graphic arts, except as identified in writing by the Author. The Author hereby represents and warrants to the Publisher that the Work does not infringe upon any copyright or proprietary right, common law or statutory law; and does not contain any material of a libelous or obscene nature, or constitute a violation of privacy rights. The Author shall hold harmless and indemnify the publisher from any recovery finally sustained by reason of any violations of copyright or other property of personal right; provided, however, that the Publisher shall with all reasonable promptness notify the Author of any claim or suit which may involve the warranties of the Author hereunder; and the Author agrees fully to cooperate in the defense thereof. The warranties contained in this article do not extend to drawings, illustrations, insofar as not furnished by the Author, or to any other material not furnished by the Author. The Author releases the Publisher from any responsibilities relating to any legal actions incurred by the contents of the Work or the Author; These representations contained herein are true on the date of the signing of this Contract. The Author warrants that the Author will not hereafter enter into any agreement or understanding with any person or entity which might conflict with the rights granted to the Publisher, herein, during the term of this Contract. The Author agrees to reasonable edits to allow the Work to conform to Publisher requirements, and correcting spelling and grammar errors, etc.).


The Author agrees to deliver to the publisher, a complete electronic text of the Work in a format to be determined by the Publisher (hereinafter called the Script). If the Script shall not have been delivered within three (3) days after the date this agreement is signed the Publisher may, at its option, terminate this agreement by notice in writing posted or delivered to the Author.


The Publisher may publish the Work in book form at its own expense after the delivery
of the completed Work. In the event of delay from causes beyond the control of the Publisher, the publication date may be postponed accordingly.


The Publisher, upon first publication of the Work, agrees duly to copyright it with the relevant authority in the name of the Author, and to take all necessary steps to protect the copyright under the Universal
Copyright Convention. The Author shall, upon the termination of the first term, make timely application for renewal of copyright under then existing copyright law and, provided this agreement shall then be in force and effect, the Author agrees to assign to the Publisher, for the renewal term of the copyright, the rights herein granted to the Publisher.


The Publisher shall be allowed to make minor changes in, additions to, or eliminations from the manuscript without the consent of the Author. These changes can include the Title and Pen Name.


The Publisher shall pay to the Author or his duly authorized representatives, the following royalties;

(a) A royalty of twenty percent (20%) of the retail price thereof on all copies of the Work sold less returns.

(b) Fifty percent (50%) of the proceeds of any license granted to another Publisher to bring out a reprint edition of the Work.

(c) In cases where distribution costs is above 50% of retail the commission shall be 30% of publishers net.

(d) No royalties shall be payable of copies furnished to the Author or on copies for review, sample, or other similar purposes, or on copies destroyed. The Author or his duly authorized representatives shall have the right upon written request to examine the books of account of the Publisher insofar as they relate to the Work and any other of the Author’s works under contract to the Publisher. Such examination shall be at the cost of the Author unless errors of accounting amounting to five percent (5%) or more of the total sum paid to the Author shall be found to his disadvantage, in which case the cost shall be borne by the Publisher.

(e) Where Work is included in an anthology or serial, Author will be entitled to a percent of the royalty based on the percentage word count which their Work represents in the anthology.


In all instances in which the Author shall have received an overpayment of monies under the terms hereof, the Publisher may deduct such overpayment from any further sums payable to the Author in respect to the Work.


The Publisher agrees promptly to advise the Author of the terms of any contracts entered into for any grant or license permitted under this agreement whenever the Author’s share of the proceeds or royalty is one thousand dollars ($1000.00) or more. Such contracts shall be made available by the Publisher to the Author or his representative and a copy thereof will be furnished the Author upon his written request. The Author’s share of such proceeds or royalty shall be paid to him upon receipt by the Publisher on the standard payment dates.


(a) When printed copies are being sold the Author shall be permitted to purchase copies for his personal use at a discount of forty percent (40%) of the retail price.

(b) When only digital copies are being sold then the author may request a PDF of the work for free.


(a) The Publisher agrees to render semi-annual statements on or before August 31 and February 28 in each year following the publication hereof, showing an account of sales and all other payments due hereunder to June 31 and December 31 preceding said respective accounting dates. Payment then due shall accompany or promptly follow such statements.

(b) Payments do shall be at the threshold of $1000.00US. If payments shall be due for less then $1000.00US then they shall roll over to the next payment due date.


(a) The Publisher may at any time discontinue publication, and in that event this agreement shall terminate and all rights hereunder shall revert to the Author.

(b) If the Publisher shall, during the existence of this agreement, default in the delivery of semi-annual statements or in the making of payments as herein provided and shall neglect or refuse to deliver such statements or make such payments, or any of them, within thirty (30) days after written notice of such default, this agreement shall terminate at the expiration of such thirty (30) days without prejudice to the Author’s claim for any monies which may have accrued under this agreement or to any other rights and
remedies to which the Author may be entitled.

(c) If the Publisher shall fail to publish the Work within the period in Paragraph 4 provided, or otherwise fail
to comply with or fulfill the terms and conditions hereof, or in the event of bankruptcy, etc., as in Paragraph 13 hereof provided, this agreement shall terminate and the rights herein granted to the Publisher shall revert to the Author. In such event all payments there made to the Author shall belong to the Author without prejudice to any other remedies which the Author may have.

(d) Upon the termination of this agreement for any cause under this Article or Article 13 hereof, all rights granted to the Publisher shall revert to the Author for his use at any time.


If a petition in bankruptcy shall be filed by or against the Publisher, or if it shall be adjudged insolvent by any court, or if a Trustee or a Receiver of any property of the Publisher shall be appointed in any suit or proceeding by or against the Publisher, or if the Publisher shall make an assignment for the benefit of creditors or shall take the benefit of any bankruptcy or insolvency Act, or if the Publisher shall liquidate its business for any cause whatsoever, this agreement shall terminate automatically without notice, and such termination shall be effective as of date of the filing of such petition, adjudication, appointment, assignment or declaration or commencement of reorganization or liquidation proceedings, and all rights granted hereunder shall thereupon revert to the Author.


Publisher may assign this contract concerned parties. Author may assign or transfer any monies due or to
become due under this agreement.


Any controversy or claim arising out of this agreement or the breach thereof shall be settled by arbitration in
accordance with the rules then obtaining. Such arbitration shall be held in the City of Walnut unless otherwise agreed by the parties. The Author may, at his option, in the case of failure to pay royalties, refuse to arbitrate, and pursue his legal remedies.


Any written notice required under any of the provisions of this agreement shall be deemed to have been properly served by delivery in person or by mailing the same in paper or by electronic means to the parties hereto at the addresses set forth above, except as the addresses may be changed by notice in writing; provided, however, that notices of termination shall be sent by registered mail.


A waiver of any breach of this agreement or of any of the terms or conditions by either party thereto, shall not be deemed a waiver of any repetition of such breach or in any wise affect any other terms or conditions hereof; no waiver shall be valid or binding unless it shall be in writing, and signed by the parties.


If during the existence of this agreement the copyright shall be infringed, the Publisher may, at its own cost and expense, take such legal action, in the Author’s name if necessary, as may be required to restrain such infringement or to seek damages therefor. The Publisher shall not be liable to the Author for the Publisher’s failure to take such legal steps. If the Publisher does not bring such an action, the Author may do so in his name at his own cost and expense. Money damages recovered for an infringement shall be applied first toward the repayment of the expense of bringing and maintaining the action, and thereafter the balance shall belong to the Author, provided, however, that any money damages recovered on account of a loss of the Publisher’s profits shall be divided equally between the Author and the Publisher.


If any of the rights granted to the Publisher revert to the Author, the Publisher shall execute all documents which may be necessary or appropriate to revest all such rights in the Author.

20. LAW

This agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of California.


The Author agrees to hold the Publisher harmless and indemnify the Publisher and its subsidiaries or affiliates, against any claim, demand, action, suit proceeding, or any expense whatsoever arising from claims of infringement of copyright or proprietary right, or claims of libel, obscenity, invasion of privacy, or any other unlawfulness based upon or arising out of the publication or any matter pertaining to the Work.
All warranties and indemnifications made by the Author herein shall survive termination of this Contract and any license granted hereunder. All services and products, if any, provided by the Publisher under this Contract are provided on an as is basis. The Publisher does not warrant that the services or products, if any, provided hereunder will be uninterrupted or error free. The Publisher disclaims any and all representations and warranties, express or implied, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, title, quiet enjoyment, data accuracy and system integration. The Publisher’s total liability to the Author or any third-party for any and all damages shall not exceed in the aggregate the amount accrued by the sales of the Work within the relevant quarter. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall the Publisher be liable for punitive, consequential, incidental, exemplary, indirect, or special damages, including without limitation, damages for loss of profits, revenues, business, use, data or other intangibles, whether or not such damages were foreseeable and even if the Publisher had been advised of the possibility or likelihood of such damages.


This agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, administrators and assigns of the Author, and upon and to the successors and assigns of the Publisher.


This written Contract contains the sole and entire Agreement between the parties and shall supercede any and all other prior agreements between the parties.


This agreement shall be considered to be entered into by Author upon Author filling out the form and on this page. This agreement shall be considered to be entered into by Publisher upon Publisher first making Work available to the public.