I am publishing an anthology book for my project, and read your article, HOW TO COMPILE AND PUBLISH AN ANTHOLOGY. I found it very insightful.
I was wondering if you might be willing to share the contract that you use. I would be willing to pay for it.
Here ya go. Happy to share! I am not an attorney so this is NOT legal advice. I have used this for several anthologies, and have not had any problems with it whatsoever. This is just a sample. You should, of course, have your attorney review any contract you plan to use.
I send this via email to potential contributors, and they return it via email. Please understand that, for most non-fiction, I use a separate (but similar) contract that requests non-exclusive rights only as opposed to all rights. It depends on the payment amount, and the actual piece being purchased.
For pieces that are not of a sensitive nature, I remove the part below about changing the story and the writer’s name, and instead offer to allow them to include their byline under the piece in the book.
Again, if you plan to use a contract like this, have your attorney review it first.
ANTHOLOGY CONTRIBUTION CONTRACT TERMS:
By answering the questions below, I agree that the work submitted to _______________________ is my original creation, and is currently unpublished, and that I currently own all rights to this story. In exchange for the payment amount listed below, I grant these rights to _______________________ – All rights, in perpetuity, throughout the universe, in all languages, and in all media now known or hereafter devised. I understand that, for liability reasons, _______________________ may edit my story at their discretion, including changing names, locations, and other identifying information. They may also change my name/penname appearing on the story.
Payment Amount: $___________
Your PayPal ID:
Email address you wish us to use for correspondence regarding your contribution(s):
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