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Saint Paul Press

 

Publishing Agreement For:

 

Book Author

Street Address

City, State Zip Code

 

On this Date: Day, Month, Year

 

Hardcover Jacketed Version of Book Title

 

Saint Paul Press (Burleson, TX) and Book Author (City, State) have agreed to partner together in the production of Book Author’s book titled, Book Title (ISBN: 000-0-0000000-0-0), for publication by Saint Paul Press. This document will serve as the publishing agreement. If Book Author is in agreement with this contract, he is required to sign the enclosed copies and return one of them to Saint Paul Press at the following address: SAINT PAUL PRESS at 1169 North Burleson Blvd, Suite 107-246, Burleson, TX 76028; or fax it to 817-887-3089.

 

The terms are as follows:

 

A. Description of the Book:

 

1. Book Author has prepared a book of approximately ### pages, titled Book Title. The writing of this book is of professional quality and does include material appropriate to the subject of Book Title

   

B. Grant of Rights:

 

1. Book Author will retain all rights to print, publish, distribute, and sell copies of the book, and works derived from the book, in printed form and in electronic media such as CD-ROM, and to license others to do so, for the duration of the copyright on the book, in all languages, throughout the world. This means that if Book Author decides to get a contract with another publisher in the future, he is free to do so. However, at this time, and for a period of one (1) year, Book Author permits St. Paul Press of Burleson, TX to print his book for his ministry and for distribution throughout the book trade through our book trade contacts. (Please note that either party, Book Author or Saint Paul Press, can opt out of this contract for any reason, at any time, with 60 days notice.)

 

C. Release Date:

 

1. Book Title (ISBN: 000-0-0000000-0-0), by Book Author is scheduled to be released on Month, Day, Year.

 

D. Royalties:

 

1. Sales made directly through Book Author:

 

For 4999 Books or Less:

- Book Author will pay Saint Paul Press the amount of $12.00 (60%) per book.

- Book Author can sell the book at the retail price of $19.99, and they will receive: 40% ($7.99) in profits. Or, they can sell it at whatever price they see fit, and receive all of that profit as well, or they can give the book as a gift, for a suggested gift price, through their ministry, at whatever amount they see fit, and keep all of the profits.

 

For 5000-9999 Books:

- Book Author will pay Saint Paul Press the amount of $8.50 (42.5%) per book.

- Book Author can sell the book at the retail price of $19.99, and they will receive 57.5% ($11.49) in profits. Or, they can sell it at whatever price they see fit, and receive all of that profit as well, or they can give the book as a gift, for a suggested gift price, through their ministry, at whatever amount they see fit, and keep all of the profits.

 

For 10,000 or more Books:

- Book Author will pay Saint Paul Press the amount of $6.49 (32.5%) per book.

- Book Author can sell the book at the retail price of $19.99, and they will receive 67.5% ($13.50) in profits. Or, they can sell it at whatever price they see fit, and receive all of that profit as well, or they can give the book as a gift, for a suggested gift price, through their ministry, at whatever amount they see fit, and keep all of the profits.

 

2. Sales made directly through Saint Paul Press, through its website:

 

- Book Author will receive 37.4% ($7.48) of the retail price of $19.99.

- Saint Paul Press will receive 62.6% ($12.51) of the retail price of $19.99. Of course, the printing cost comes out of Saint Paul Press’ percentage. (Please keep in mind that most publishing companies only pay authors royalties of 12% or less on their work.)

 

3. Sales made through our nation-wide distributor (all bookstore chains and independent stores such as Barnes & Noble, Borders, Family Christian, etc., are included in this section.) Please understand that some bookstores will carry Book Title and others will not. However, Book Title will be made available to be bought through all of the major bookstore channels, be they Christian or secular. In other words, if a person walks into any bookstore and if that bookstore does not have Book Title on the shelves, they can order it within 2-3 days for that customer:

 

- Book Author will receive 30.3% ($2.42) royalty of what Saint Paul Press is paid by the distributor.

- Saint Paul Press will receive 69.7% ($5.58) of what the distributor pays Saint Paul Press (The distributor pays us 40% of the retail price of $19.99, which is $8.00. The printing cost of the book is taken out of Saint Paul Press’ percentage.)

 

4. Sales made through Amazon.com (in a separate arrangement):

 

- Book Author will receive 40% ($2.40) of what Saint Paul Press is paid by Amazon.com.

- Saint Paul Press will receive 60% ($3.60) of what Amazon.com pays Saint Paul Press. Amazon.com pays Saint Paul Press 30% of the retail price of $19.99, which is $6.00. (Please keep in mind that most publishing companies only pay authors royalties of 12% or less on their work.)

 

E. Royalty Payments:

 

1. After Saint Paul Press has received payments, from our national distributor, Amazon.com, direct sales, or otherwise, Saint Paul Press will make royalty payments (based on the amounts discussed in section D) to Book Author. At the end of each month, payment will be made for any sales through Amazon.com and/or Saint Paul Press. At the end of each 120 day period, we will make payment for any sales made through our national distributor, if we have been paid by our distributor at that time. Please understand that the standard book trade terms are 120 days or more for payment. (Please note that if Book Author is in agreement with this contract and signs and returns this contract to Saint Paul Press, Book Author will be issued information that will allow him to track sales of his book in bookstores, directly, through our national distributor’s website, and he will be able to track book sales through Amazon.com and Saint Paul Press at the Saint Paul Press website.)

 

F. Auditing of Our Books

 

1. We hope that we'll give you reports often enough that you never feel the need to invoke this clause, but for your protection, we give you the right to check up on us. You or your qualified representative may examine our books or records pertaining to this agreement at our principal place of business, during normal working hours, not more than once each year, on reasonable written notice.

 

G. Book Shipments to Book Author:

 

1. Saint Paul Press will send books to Book Author as needed for direct sales through him. These books will be shipped upon receiving payment in full for the books. Book Author will be responsible for shipping costs.

 

H.

 

1. Neither Saint Paul Press nor Book Author may change this agreement without first getting the other's written consent.

 

2. This agreement is subject to the laws of the State of Texas governing contracts made and to be performed there.

 

Any modifications to this contract must be in writing and signed by both parties.

 

If you find these terms acceptable, please date, sign, and return the enclosed copy of this contract to Saint Paul Press at 1169 North Burleson Blvd, Suite 107-246, Burleson, TX 76028. Or you may fax the signed agreement to 817-887-3089.

 

The signatures below verify that this contract is accepted and agreed upon by both parties:

 

 

 

 

Saint Paul Press                                                                   Book Author

Signed: _______________                   Signed: _________________

 

Date: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________________                  Date: ___________________

 

Tax ID: ________________                  SS# or Tax ID: ____________

  

  

  

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