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Sample Publisher/Author Agreement
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ALREADY AN IBPA MEMBER? Great! Simply log into the "members only" area of the IBPA website to download a current copy of the IBPA Membership Benefits Handbook containing all the information you need to take advantage of each IBPA member benefit.

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IBPA members can download a sample publisher/author agreement as a starting point for drafting a suitable book contract between a publisher and an author.

This is not a blank agreement that is ready for use by all publishers and/or for all books. Rather, it is an example of a publishing agreement with marginal comments meant to alert the publisher to decisions that need to be made and the various additions and changes in the contract form that are necessary to make it usable for a particular transaction.

Although many of the terms and conditions in the sample agreement are fairly standard, every contract is subject to negotiation. In any case, you should satisfy yourself that the contract is suitable for your purposes before using it. Please be aware that IBPA is not in a position to offer legal advice, and you should consult with a publishing attorney of your choice to make sure that the contract is suitable. It is recommended that the contract be sent to the author for signing and then returned to the publisher for counter-signing.

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