Sample Author Collaboration Agreement

Adler & Robin Books, Inc.
3000 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008



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If you are collaborating with another author, you need a collaboration agreement. There are three reasons for this. First, a collaboration agreement spells out the arrangement between you and your co-author. Issues such as who pays for expenses, how your names will be listed on the book's cover, and what happens if one of you quits the project should be covered in the collaboration agreement. Second, a collaboration agreement keeps the book alive if something goes wrong between you and your co-author. (We know, you've been best friends for decades, and nothing will happen. But it might.) Third, the publisher will insist on a collaboration agreement, so it's prudent to have the agreement completed as early as possible.

This is a sample collaboration agreement. Nothing here is written in cement. Please feel free to modify it to suit your particular needs and circumstances. And good luck with your book!


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Co-Author / address:
Co-Author / address:
Co-Author / address:

Simultaneously herewith we are entering into an agreement to sell certain publication rights in and to a full-length book based upon (hereinafter referred to as "the Work").

The following shall set forth our understanding with respect to our respective rights in the Work and the royalties and other considerations to which we maybe entitled pursuant to said Agreement.

1. The copyright in the Work shall be secured and held in the name of [Author or Co-Author] for the term of the copyright, and for any additional or new copyright which may hereafter be embodied in any copyright law throughout the world.

2. All moneys, advances, proceeds and other considerations which may become payable to us with respect to said Agreement and from the sale, lease, license or other disposition of any and all rights in and to the Work now existing or which may hereafter come into existence shall first be used to reimburse any outstanding expenses incurred by mutual agreement in writing and researching the book; remaining funds shall be apportioned between us as follows:

Percent: Co-Author:
Percent: Co-Author:
Percent: Co-Author:

3. It is expressly understood that we hereunder do not intend to form nor shall this agreement be construed to constitute a partnership between us.

4. The terms of this Agreement shall be coextensive with the life of the Work.

5. No mutual expenses for which we are all responsible, shall be incurred without mutual agreement.

6. The authorship of the Work shall be:

We will instruct the publisher that this name is to appear on the jacket and title page of the Work.

7. Each party hereto warrants and represents to the other that any material written or provided by him in connection with the Work is not in any way a violation of a copyright or common law or right of privacy and that it contains nothing of a libelous, obscene or illegal character, and each party agrees to indemnify and hold the other party harmless against any loss or damage arising out of a breach of any of the foregoing warranties or the other incorrectness of any of the foregoing representations.

8. In the event that one or two or any of us are unable or unwilling to continue or complete work on the Work, the others may complete work on the Work, without the assistance or advice of the co-author(s) who is unable or unwilling to continue or complete work on the Work. In that event, we agree to discuss modifying the relevant clauses of this agreement to reflect the new proportion of work we each will contribute, and, if we are unable to reach an agreement, to submit these negotiations to binding arbitration. We agree that we will not take any action that will harm the Work.

9. We have employed and hereby designate Adler & Robin Books, Inc. sole and exclusive agent in connection with this Work. All payments due or to become due to us in connection with the sale, lease, or license of this Work shall be made to and in the name of the said agent who is hereby authorized to give receipt for same in our behalf. Said agent shall receive gross commissions on all licenses of fifteen percent (15%).

10. The terms and conditions of this agreement shall be binding and inure to the benefit of the executors, administrators and successors of each of us. Our respective signatures herein below shall constitute this to be a complete and binding agreement between us. This agreement may not be assigned by any party without prior written consent of the others, except that any party may assign his share of the gross proceeds hereunder to a third person, subject to the terms and conditions of this agreement.

Signed and agreed to:

Co-Author: Date:
Co-Author: Date
Co-Author: Date

Adler & Robin Books, Inc.
3000 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

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