I’m new at this and I don’t want to have half a dozen different discussions and end up with different contracts for everyone. Therefore I have begun drafting a short-story author contract for the first anthology.
I say it’s for the first anthology because it is likely to develop as I gain experience (and make mistakes) so there will be tweaks as we go along. For the first one, I need to be ready fast.
Note that this is for a short story book. One off payments for a single use in a single anthology. The contract for novels and single-author books will be different, and based on royalty payments over a set time of contract (after which the author can say ‘screw you, I have a better deal with Penguin Books now’).
Okay, here goes. Any questions, loopholes or legal pitfalls spotted? Let me know.
The Underdog Anthology
This contract constitutes an agreement between the author and Underdog Publications UK that permits the publisher one use of the author’s work in this one anthology. This single use extends to worldwide publication in print and eBook formats in English only.
Copyright remains with the author and all publication and ancillary rights (TV, film, other media rights, audiobook, translation into other languages) remain with the author. Underdog Publications UK purchases only the right to include the story in the anthology titled ‘The Underdog Anthology’ and will not use the story in any other publication or form.
Any interest shown by a third party in acquiring film etc. rights will be referred to the author. Underdog Publications UK will take no further part in the matter, and will expect no reimbursement or percentage of any deal made between the third party and the author in respect of their story in The Underdog Anthology.
The author, for their part, warrants that the work is their own and is not copied, plagiarised or downloaded from another author’s work. That they have full rights to the story and that if it has been published elsewhere previously, it remains or has reverted to full ownership by the author at the time of submission.
The author accepts that payment (in cash, copies of the book or as may be alternatively agreed) means that the story becomes a permanent part of The Underdog Anthology and that upon publication, the author retains all rights to re-use the story elsewhere in any form they choose but cannot subsequently demand it be retracted from the already-published book.
Should the publisher wish to reprint the story in another form other than print or eBook, or include it in another anthology, the publisher cannot do so without the agreement of the author and the issue of a further contract and agreement of reimbursement to the author.
Then a signature section, with the story and payment details.
What have I missed?