New Voices Program


The New Voices program
was an answer to prayer.
We then went on to publish The Biology
of Belief

it hit the
Top 50 the week the book was released!"

- Margaret Horton
President, Mountain of
Love Productions, Inc.

Author-Publisher New Voices Agreement

An Agreement dated ________________ between Author's Publishing Cooperative DBA Elite Books, PO Box 442, Fulton, CA 95439, (hereafter referred to as the "Publisher") and __________________________________ (hereafter referred to as the "Author") whose address is _____________________________________________________________ for rights to publish, and/or to license for publication, a written essay with the working title of _____________________________________________ (hereafter referred to as the "Work").

1. Grant of Rights The Author hereby grants the Publisher the exclusive rights to print, publish, sell, and license the above Work in book or serial form in the English language in the United States, Canada, and all other areas of the world, and subsidiary rights including trade, mass market, book club, abridgment, periodical, and translation rights. All rights not specifically granted to the Publisher are reserved to the Author.

2. Copyright The Publisher, upon first publication of Work, agrees to copyright it in the name of the Author in the United States, and to imprint the copyright notice required by law in each copy of the Work.

3. Author's Warranty The Author warrants Author's sole ownership of the Work and full power to make this grant, and certifies: that the Work does not violate any other copyright, trademark, or proprietary rights, that all statements of fact are true or based upon reasonable research, and that the Work is not scandalous, libelous, in violation of any right of privacy, or otherwise unlawful. If illustrations are included with Work, Author will supply Publisher with all permissions or assignments of copyright for same.

4. Free Permissions and Promotion The Publisher may publish, or permit others to publish, or to authorize critics or reviewers to broadcast or televise the Work for publicity purposes, and may permit charitable organizations to reproduce the Work mechanically for the blind. Publisher may offer Work for promotional purposes on the web sites of Publisher or others.

5. Schedule and Style of Publication The Publisher agrees to publish the Work, and offer it for sale in book form as an anthology also drawing together the works of others, within no more than two (2) years. The Publisher agrees to publish the Work at its own expense, with a price, design, imprint name, style, cover and title it regards as best suited to the sale of the Work.

6. Royalties Publisher will pay to tax-exempt charitable organizations, in the fields of medicine and/or social welfare, all royalties derived from sales of the Work, at the rate of 10% of net sales up to 10,000 copies sold, 12% of net sales up till 20,000 copies sold, and 15% of net over 20,000 copies.

7. Corrections on the Proof Prior to publication Publisher will furnish Author with galleys of the Work. The Author shall have ten (10) days to note and correct any discrepancies between the proof and the manuscript, and notify Publisher of same.

8. Author's Copies Author shall provide Publisher with a pre-paid purchase order, for 500 books at 50% off the cover price, in the amount of $7,500, within 10 days of execution of this Agreement. Author's books shall be shipped to Author upon publication, freight COD. Author shall be entitled to further copies of the published book in case quantities, at a discount of 50% off the cover price.

9. Licensing Rights The Author also hereby grants to Publisher exclusive rights to license others to publish editions of the Work in the English language and in translation throughout the world. Publisher may license other parties to publish hardcover, trade, mass market. print on demand, or other editions prior to, subsequent to or in lieu of first publication by Publisher, and Author hereby authorizes Publisher to enter into such agreements. Publisher shall have the right to extend Author's representations and warranties contained herein to such Licensees.

10. Termination and Reversion This Agreement is binding on both the Author and Publisher for as long as a registered copyright to the Work remains in force, and upon their respective heirs, administrators, assigns, and successors, unless terminated as provided below. This Agreement shall terminate and the Work may go out of print upon expiration of all then existing copyright registrations. Should this Agreement be terminated, all licenses and other grants of rights previously made by the Publisher to third parties shall remain in effect. In the event of discontinuation of publishing operations by the Publisher as a result of bankruptcy, or Work going out of print, all rights in Work shall revert to Author.

11. Modification and Waiver This Agreement may not be modified or altered except in writing. No waiver of any term or condition, or breach of any part of this Agreement constitutes a waiver of any other term or condition or breach of any other part. This Agreement replaces all previous oral or written Agreements. Any written notice required under any of the provisions of this Agreement shall be deemed to have been properly served by postal delivery to either party at the addresses above.

12. Legal Disputes Any dispute between the parties to this Agreement shall be submitted to arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, or to a third party acceptable to both Author and Publisher. The finding of the Arbitrator is binding on both parties. This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the state of California and court venue or arbitration shall be in Sonoma County.

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