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Sley House Publishing

Tales of Sley House 2021 Short Story Contract

Publishing Agreement 

This Contract is made between the following parties:

PUBLISHER: Sley House Publishing

AUTHOR (print name): 

Author PayPal Address:

Publisher and Author collectively referred to as “Parties” or individually as “Party”) and includes that Party’s successors and assigns. 

The parties agree as follows: 

  1. The Author grants permission for the Publisher to include the Author’s short story, named _____________________ hereinafter referred to as the WORK, in Sley House Publishing’s Tales of Sley House 2021, hereinafter referred to as the ANTHOLOGY, for publication in the English language in all countries throughout the world. 
  1. For the Work and associated rights granted to the Publisher in this Contract, the Author will receive a payment of the following sum, paid upon return of this properly signed contract: $25 + 1 pdf copy of the aAnthology with the understanding that there is shall be no offer of any other payment including but not limited to royalty payments thereafter.after the publication is available for retail sales. 
  1. The Author will also reserve the right to purchase discounted print copies of the Anthology at a discount no less than 10% off retail price to be determined by the pPublisher upon bringing the Anthology to print. Such discounted copies must be ordered through the Publisher’s website to be redeemed by the Author. Discounts only apply solely to Author and not relations, family, friends, and may not be shared with others. There is no limit to discounted copies the Author may purchase. At time of purchase, Author must include a recognized identifier so that the Publisher can identify and apply the appropriate discount to the sale. 
  1. The Author warrants that he/she/they own all rights to the story Work and are the sole Author. The Author grants the Publisher the sole and exclusive right to publish this story Work for a period of one year from date of executing this agreement. acceptance. It is also understood and agreed that the Publisher may use this Work only in the above-mentioned Anthology—both in print and electronic editions—and in subsequent reprintings, and that the Author shall retain all other rights to the Work not specified here or detrimental to those rights so specified. 
  1. At the end of the one-year period mentioned above, all rights to the Work shall revert to the Author, provided, however, that the Publisher shall continue to have the right to publish the Anthology in any format without obligation or liability to the Author. The Author will be free to publish the Work in any other format the aAuthor chooses with acknowledgment that first printing occurred with the Anthology.
  1. The Author will shall indemnify and hold harmless the Publisher and any party who may claim through the Publisher against any claims, loss, injury, or damage finally sustained (including any legal costs or expenses and any compensation costs and disbursements paid by the Publisher) occasioned to the Publisher in connection with or in consequence or any breach of this agreement by the Author. warranty and which the Publisher is not able to recover under its insurance policies. 
  1. The Publisher will shall indemnify the Author against any claims, loss, injury, or damage finally sustained, occasioned to the Author in connection with a publishing error, another author’s error, or copyright issue, or any such breach of this contract wherein the Publisher is at fault. 
  1. The Publisher will make no alterations to the Work’s text or title without the Author’s written approval in email or hardcopy. The Publisher reserves the right to make minor copy-editing changes to conform to the style of the text to its customary form and usage. The Publisher shall have sole control of all formatting, cover art, and content of the Anthology.
  1. If the Publisher fails to publish the wWork within 12 months of the execution date of this Contract, all rights granted hereunder shall immediately revert to the Author. In such event, the Author shall retain any payments made under this Contract prior to such reversion and will be free to sell or arrange for publication of the Work in any manner. 
  1. The Publisher agrees to list a proper copyright notice for the Work in the name of the Author on an appropriate copyright page for Print and Electronic editions.
  3. No Party shall transfer or assign this Contract without the other Party’s consent. 
  1. All non-public, confidential or proprietary information of Publisher, whether disclosed orally or disclosed or accessed in written, electronic or other form or media, and whether or not marked, designated or otherwise identified as “confidential” in connection with this Contract is confidential, solely for the use of performing this Contract and may not be disclosed or copied unless authorized in advance by Publisher in writing. Upon Publisher’s request, Author shall promptly return all  confidential materials received from Publisher. Publisher shall be entitled to injunctive relief for any violation of this Section. This Section does not apply to information that is: (a) in the public domain; (b) known to Author at the time of disclosure; or (c) rightfully obtained by Author  on a non-confidential basis from a third party.
  1. Termination: 
  • Either Party may terminate this agreement due to breach of the Contract at any time upon giving the other Party no less than ________days’ notice in writing. If a Party wishes to terminate the contract with less than these stated days, the other Party reserves the right to charge costs that they have already paid in advance or incurred.
  • The termination of this agreement shall not discharge the liabilities accumulated by either Party.
  • Any Clauses intended by the Parties or this agreement to survive the termination of this agreement shall survive the termination of this agreement by whatever cause.
  1. Parties agree to settle disputes under this agreement through Mediation.                             
  1. Regardless of the location of execution, this Contract shall be interpreted under the laws of the State of Arkansas . without regard to its conflict of law provisions.
  1. Force Majeure. For this agreement, “Force Majeure” means an event which a diligent party could not have reasonably avoided in the circumstances, which is beyond the control of a party and includes, but is not limited to, war, riots, civil disorder, earthquake, storm, flood or adverse weather conditions, strikes, lockouts or other industrial action, terrorist acts, confiscation or any other action by government agencies, failure of manufacturers or suppliers to deliver, bankruptcy or insolvency of manufacturers or suppliers, suspension of shipping facilities or act or default of carrier.

A Party’s failure to fulfill its obligations due to Force Majeure, shall not be considered a breach of this agreement, provided that the Party has taken all reasonable precautions, due care, reasonable alternative measures, and minimal delay all to carry out the terms of this agreement.

  1. This agreement may be amended only by the written consent of the Parties hereto.
  1. If any provision is held to be invalid or unenforceable, it shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. 
  1. This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties. It supersedes all prior oral or written agreements or understandings between the Parties concerning the subject matter of this agreement. The Parties will exercise utmost good faith in this agreement.
  1. Unless otherwise provided, failure by either Party to enforce any of the terms or conditions of this agreement shall not be a waiver of their right to enforce the terms and conditions of this agreement.
  1. This agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be an original and all of which shall together constitute the same instrument.
  1. The Article and Section headings in this agreement are for convenience, and they form in no part of this agreement and shall not affect its interpretation.
  1. Whenever used herein, the singular number shall include the plural, and the plural number shall include the singular.
  1. Any references herein to the masculine gender or to the masculine form of any noun, adjective, or possessive shall be construed to include the feminine or neuter gender and form, and vice versa.
  1. The Parties shall be served through the following addresses in writing and delivered in person or sent by registered or certified mail (return receipt requested) or nationally recognized overnight delivery service, postage pre-paid, or delivered via telecopier or facsimile transmission, and either Party may change the below addressees by reasonable notice in writing given to the other Party.

Author: ____________________________________________________________________________

Publisher: __________________________________________________________________________

  1. An e-signature will be considered a valid stand-in for a print signature and will provide the same effect.
  1. The parties acknowledge that each party has read and understood this Contract and  sought legal counsel, before execution. Moreover, that each party has the capacity to contract, intends to be legally bound and has entered into this Contract freely and voluntarily..
  1. An e-signature will be considered a valid stand-in for a print signature and will provide the same effect.

______________________________ __________________

Author Signature Date

______________________________ __________________

Editor, Sley House Publishing (name and signature) Date Date

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