All authors must agree to the terms and conditions as set out in this agreement.
An email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org containing the information as set out below, plus, the agreed price, along with a statement declaring that you agree to the terms and conditions of this editing agreement, is sufficient to act as your signature of agreement to these terms and conditions.
This agreement is made between S F Fiction Editing & Services Ltd, trading as Maureen-Anne Editing. (Hereinafter referred to as the company) Which is a company limited by shares and registered in England and Wales No 09956385, whose registered address is 8 Rosemary Close, Coventry. CV4 9NY
Which concerns the following manuscript and client:
Working title: __________________________________________________
Length and genre of work: ______________________________
Total agreed fee: ________________________________
Total fees of other service (If applicable)__________________
The Editor agrees to do the following:
A full Content Edit. This concentrates on strengthening the overall readability of the manuscript. While carrying out this process, we are looking for ways of improving the structure and length of sentences and paragraphs. We also look for ways the flow of the narrative can be smoothed and make the dialogue between your characters more realistic and contemporary for the period that your story is set. Also, we will look at and suggest ways of fleshing out the personalities of your characters to make them more rounded and three-dimensional. Obvious simple spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes will also be rectified. However the company does not undertake a full technical edit, so therefore the company will not be held responsible for any major errors in terms of spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
A final read through is then carried out after the author has applied the suggested edits and comments. This is used as a quality control check to make sure the copy reads well and to check for anything that might not have been picked up on the first pass.
The editor will also carry out any other services that have been agreed to within the companies service remit. This includes services such as research and copy-typing
Contingent upon agreeing to the terms and conditions set out in this agreement, the work is to be started by and finished by the dates agreed by the company and the author. Should the editor fail to return the work on or before the due date, and unless otherwise previously agreed, the company agrees to give the author a discount of 5% off the agreed fee for each complete calendar week it remains outstanding.
Should the company be unable to return the work, by the specified date, due to issues occurring at the client’s end, or issues out of the direct control of the company, the author shall remain liable for the full amount outstanding.
PAYMENT & REFUNDS
Unless alternative payment arrangements have been agreed by all parties, A non-returnable deposit of at least 30% of the agreed fee must be paid before work commences, with the outstanding balance paid within 30 days of completion of the first round of editing.
Payments should be made in UK Pounds or your equivalent national currency at the exchange rate in place on the date of this agreement, Should the client fail to pay within the specified time limit, an additional penalty fee of 5% will be added for each full calendar week the amount remains outstanding.
No refunds will be given (other than for those set out in section 8 of this agreement)
The company agrees not to reproduce, give, or show to anyone any material sent to them by the client unless they receive express permission from them to do so. However, the company does, for the purpose of promoting its own business on its website and social media platforms reserve the right to use the author’s name and the details of any previous works they have produced that is in the public domain. (Note a separate confidentiality agreement is available if required.)
No guarantees are made as to either the saleability or marketability of the edited manuscript. Nor is there a guarantee that the manuscript will be completely error-free, though all efforts will be made to try and make it so.
Unless a co-writing/co-authorship arrangement is made in writing, all royalties and monies gained from the sale of the book will be the sole property of the author.
All parties agree that this agreement shall be interpreted by all relevant legislation in place for the period of this contract.
Once signed by all parties, this Agreement may be amended only in writing signed by all parties.
Once the project is in progress, either party may terminate this Agreement in the event of a material change of circumstance by giving 14 days’ notice sent in writing to the other party at the address(es) provided. If the editor terminates the agreement, the client(s) will pay the editor for work done up to the date of termination.
If the author terminates the agreement, the client(s) will pay the editor for the work completed up to the time of termination. However, this amount will not be less than 60% of the agreed total sum for the project.
Editor signature: __Steve Frost Editor & Managing Director
Steve Frost BA(Hons) Company Director
Maureen-Anne Editing. 8 Rosemary Close, Coventry, West Midlands, England. CV4 9NY