Publishing Business Forms

Download publishing contracts, copyright forms, freelance writer agreements and other customizable templates for literary publishers, editors and writers.

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Academic Research and Writing Service Agreement

If you research and write academic papers, such as theses, essays and dissertations, you need this Academic Research and Writing Service Agreement template.

  • The writer's ability to deliver the services may be restricted by the policies and regulations of the educational institution. By signing the agreement, the student warrants that the writer's delivery of the services will not violate any such policies.
  • The writer does not guarantee that the student will receive a particular grade or achieve a specific goal with the work provided.
  • The writer gives no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the information, and is not required to verify it.
  • The student indemnifies the writer against any claims arising from the delivery of the writing services.
  • This is a generic contract form that is not specific to any country or jurisdiction and can be used anywhere.

By getting students to sign this Academic Research & Writing Service Agreement before you start work, you can reduce the potential for legal claims and increase the likelihood that you'll be paid for your services.


Assignment of Copyright for Publishers

Prepare an Assignment of Copyright with this template form for publishers and authors.

  • The author assigns to a third party (such as a publisher) all of the author's worldwide rights in the copyright in a specific work.
  • The Assignment also grants the author a personal license to use extracts from the work, but the author must obtain the assignee's permission before using all or a large portion of the work.
  • The author indemnifies the assignee against any infringement claims resulting from publication of the work.

Every publisher - print or digital - should have an Assignment of Copyright form available for authors to sign when dealing with any copyrighted work. Get yours now.


Book Publishing Agreement (exclusive)

Get the exclusive rights to publish an author's latest work and an option to publish future titles under the terms of this Book Publishing Agreement.

  • The author grants the publisher an exclusive worldwide license to publish the literary work in print, electronic and any other media formats.
  • The publisher also has the right to prepare derivative works based on the work.
  • The publisher gets the exclusive right to copyright the work and to renew the copyright, in the publisher's name.
  • The author will deliver both a hard copy and electronic copy of the work. Once the work is prepared for reproduction, the author is responsible for creating the key word index and table of contents.
  • The author will review and approve successive proofs edited by the publisher, and is responsible for ensuring the completeness and accuracy of each proof.
  • The author agrees not to publish any other work or intellectual property based on the published work at any time while the work is in print, except as agreed to by the publisher.
  • Royalties are based on net sale proceeds of the work (gross sales less rebates, discounts, returns, taxes, freight, shipping and insurance).
  • The author grants the publisher an option to publish one or more future titles.
You can use this Book Publishing Agreement to publish print versions as well as downloadable versions of the work. The template is customizable and can be used over and over as your business demands.

Book Publishing Agreement (non-exclusive)

Secure non-exclusive worldwide rights to an author's literary work with this Book Publishing Agreement.

  • The author grants the publisher a non-exclusive worldwide license to publish the work.
  • The publisher will pay royalties to the author calculated on net receipts, after deduction of costs and expenses.
  • Submissions must be made in accordance with the publisher's submission procedures, which are included as a schedule.
  • The author can purchase copies of the work at a discounted price.
  • The publisher will charge an annual title maintenance fee.
  • This is a generic legal contract which is not specific to any country.

The Book Publishing Agreement with non-exclusive worldwide rights is a downloadable digital template that you can easily customize to fit your needs.


Consent to Use Quote, Photograph or Personal Statement

Get the consent of the owner, speaker or author of a quote, photograph or personal statement to use the material in a printed publication with this easy-to-use Consent to Use form.

  • The owner of the material consents to the publisher's use of the material in the work or works specified in the Consent Form.
  • This is a generic legal form which is not specific to any country and can be used anywhere.
  • The form is reusable - download it and use it as often as you need to.
This Consent to Use Quote, Photograph or Personal Statement form is a downloadable and fully editable template.

Freelance Writer Agreement

Publishers can hire a freelance writer to write articles on various topics with this easy-to-use Freelance Writing Agreement template.

  • The publisher has no control over the writer's work, but has sole control over which articles (if any) are published.
  • The writer will be paid by the word, and is responsible for remitting all required taxes and other deductions to be remitted to taxing or other authorities.
  • The articles are to be considered works for hire, and the writer assigns copyright and ownership of the articles to the publisher.
  • This is a generic contract and is not specific to any country or jurisdiction.

Use the Freelance Writer Agreement to get content for printed or online publications, or to source out original content for blogs.