Sample Contract

This agreement is between Ashley Atkinson Editing Services (“Editor”) and Author (“Author”) and concerns the following document:

Working title:
[Working Title]

Length and description of document:
[Length and description of document]

Editor agrees to do the following:
a. _____ Copyediting for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation
b. _____ Stylistic editing including clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, polishing language, and line-by-line editing for smoothness and clarity while maintaining author’s voice and style
c. _____ Substantive editing (critiquing)

Author may “upgrade” or request additional services at any time with written notice. All electronic files will be submitted via e-mail attachment (or DropBox for large files).

Editor will use Word’s commenting and tracking features to make edits in accordance with usage guidelines set forth by [Style Guide] as well as adhering to spellings as specified by the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary for American English and the Cambridge English Dictionary for British English.

Contingent upon immediate signing of this contract and payment, the edit/critique of the document is to be delivered to Author by Editor on or before [Date].

Author agrees to pay Editor $[XX] per [hour/page] in United States funds for services as outlined above. Checks should be made out to Ashley Atkinson Editing Services and sent to the address at the end of this contract; Author may also use PayPal for payments (pay via invoice). Payment/s will be made in installments.

A late fee of $10 per month will be added to overdue invoices.

Editor agrees not to reproduce, give, or show to anyone any material sent to her by Author for editing purposes, unless consulting services from a third party are agreed to.

Author will reimburse Editor for direct expenses incurred in fulfilling this agreement, including, but not limited to: photocopying, printouts, inputting, couriers, and postage. Editor will not incur any expenses without Author’s written permission.

No guarantees are made as to the marketability of the edited document. Nor is there a guarantee that the document will be completely error-free, though all efforts will be made to make it so. Unless a co-writing/co-authorship arrangement is made in writing, all royalties and monies gained by the sale of the document will be the sole property of Author.

Both parties agree that this agreement shall be interpreted and governed by the laws of the State of Florida.

Author warrants that the materials delivered herein are the original work of Author and that the same do not violate any copyright, trademark, or other protection of intellectual property by Author.

This Agreement may be amended only in writing and signed by both parties.

Editor may promote Author’s work across various social media platforms to draw attention to the services of Ashley Atkinson Editing Services.

Once the project is in progress, either party may terminate this Agreement in the event of material change of circumstance with 14 days’ notice sent in writing to the other party at the address(es) (email or physical) provided. If Editor terminates the agreement, Author will pay Editor for the work completed up to the date of termination, and Editor will refund any overpayment. If Author terminates the agreement, Author will pay Editor for the work completed up to the date of termination, but this amount will not be less than 50% of the estimated total for the project (deposit).

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the estimated total is due upon signing this Agreement. The balance will be due upon return of the document as described above.

Estimated total: $[XX] USD based on estimated [hours/pages] per Author’s originally submitted document.
Deposit total: $[XX] USD
Estimated balance remaining: $[XX] USD

This agreement is made and entered into by and between the parties hereto on [MONTH DAY, YEAR].

Author signature: ___________________________
Author’s full name:
Author’s full address:
Author’s email address:
Date: _____________________________________

Editor signature: ____________________________
Ashley Atkinson, M.Ed.
Date: _____________________________________