On February 1, 2020, Word Project Press will close.
This agreement is between you (“the Author”) and Word Project Press (“Word Project Press” or “Publisher”), for your book (“Work”).
Author’s Royalties, Book Pricing & Author Discounts:
Your paperback royalties are 85% of the payments we actually receive from sales of printed copies of your book. These payments we receive are equal to the cover price less trade (wholesale) discount, less the single-copy printing cost (this is the profit margin of the transaction). Royalties are distributed by mail biannually. No royalty will be paid on author purchases.
Example: A reader purchases a copy of your 140 page book at Amazon.com. The cover price of your book is $12.95; subtract Amazon’s 40% trade discount ($5.18) then subtract the printing cost ($2.53), the remainder ($5.24) is the profit margin, 85% of which ($4.45) is the royalty paid to you.
Note: different selling channels pay different % for royalties. Author will receive 85% of all/any royalty received from sales of their book.
To arrive at your book’s single-copy printing cost, simply multiply $0.018 by the number of pages in your book, e.g. 140 page book = 140 x .018 = $2.53
Authors may purchase copies of their own title, in any quantity directly from Word Project Press, at the current printing cost plus 15%, plus the actual shipping and handling charges.
Note: Printing prices are subject to change as market conditions and costs warrant.
Word Project Press allows authors to set the retail price for their books.
The Author represents that he or she is the sole author of the Work and is the owner of the copyright to all of its contents; that he or she has not engaged in plagiarism and that the Work, if fiction, represents no real event or person(s) that could in any way be deemed libellous and that, if nonfiction, does not misstate or omit any fact which would libel any person(s) or result in a person(s) being placed in a false or damaging light; and that the Work does not infringe the copyright, trademark or privacy of any third party; and that he or she is owner of any trademarks and/or trade names associated with the Work; that the Work does not constitute obscenity or hate literature and that the author has the right to enter into this Agreement.
The Author acknowledges and agrees that Word Project Press acquires no right of ownership to the Work under this Agreement; that Word Project Press is a provider of limited services only and assumes no responsibility for editing, reviewing or correcting the content of the Work. The author bears the entire responsibility for proofing the manuscript and cover design. WPP will submit manuscript proofs for review at three stages in the formatting process. The author is responsible for identying all copy and formatting errors.
The Author agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Word Project Press, its employees, shareholders, directors, partners, representatives, successors and assigns of, from any and all manner of claims, liabilities, damages, losses, expenses (including attorney’s fees), awards, and judgments resulting from claims of third parties regarding ownership, libel, slander, plagiarism, privacy violations, copyright infringement, misappropriation, and similar claims arising from publication of the Work. Word Project Press may be represented in any proceeding by counsel of its choice; the Author may retain additional counsel at his or her own expense.
Terms and Exclusivity:
This Agreement is nonexclusive, the Author retains the copyright for this Work and may enter into other publishing agreements. Either party has the option to terminate the Agreement at any time, with or without cause. If the Agreement is terminated by the Author prior to publication, publishing fees less any fees for pre or post publication services such as page layout or any add-on service already fulfilled, will be refunded (or applied against any outstanding amounts in the Author’s account.) If the Agreement is terminated by Word Project Press, all publishing fees will be refunded in full (or applied against any outstanding amounts in the Author’s account). Publication fees are defined as those fees directly associated with manuscript submission. Fees related to other pre or post publication services, such as data entry, corrections, cover design, image processing, or book sales, are not refundable. Fees for the publication of subsequent editions of the Work are not refundable. If the Agreement is terminated by Word Project Press Press due to a breach of Agreement by Author, no fees shall be refunded.
All notices to Word Project Press must be sent as electronic attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org All notices to the Author shall be in writing to the address specified by the Author.
This written Contract contains the sole and entire Agreement between the parties and shall supersede any and all other prior agreements between the parties. This Agreement may not be modified or amended except in writing signed by the party against whom such modification or amendment is sought to be enforced.
Law and Venue:
The laws of the State of California shall govern this Agreement. Recognizing the expense, distraction, and uncertainty resulting from litigation of disputes which may arise under this Agreement, the parties have agreed that except as specifically provided herein, they shall submit any and all disputes arising in any way under this Agreement to the American Arbitration Association for final disposition in accordance with its rules, provided that the Arbitrator shall have no authority to award punitive damages. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to deprive a party of the right to equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction respecting rights to its intellectual property or use thereof under this Agreement. Any proceeding under this paragraph shall be brought in the federal or state courts in California. A judgment may be entered in a court of competent jurisdiction based on any award rendered in arbitration or other proceeding conducted by the parties pursuant to this paragraph.
Word Project Press respects your privacy. No personal information provided to Word Project Press will be shared with third parties without your permission. Personal information includes your name, phone number, street and e-mail addresses, and financial information.