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					               Publishing Contract Regarding Unfinished Manuscript

        This Publishing Agreement made on the (date), between (Name of Author) of
(street address, city, state, zip code), referred to herein as Author, and (Name of
Publisher), a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the state of
______________, with its principal office located at (street address, city, state, zip
code), referred to herein as Publisher.

     Whereas, Author has submitted, and Publisher has considered and approved a
(number)-page manuscript (the Manuscript) with regard to (e.g., subject matter); and

       Whereas, the working title of the proposed (e.g., Book) is (Title of Book), and it
shall be referred to in this Agreement as the Book; and

         Whereas, Publisher desires to publish and offer for sale the completed Book and
is willing to contract with Author on the basis of the work completed and representations
made by Author;

     Now, therefore, for and in consideration of the mutual covenants contained in this
Agreement, and other good and valuable consideration, the parties agree as follows:

1.    Author’s Advance
      In consideration of Author's submission of the Manuscript to Publisher and the
assignment of the copyright in it, Publisher has paid Author an advance of $_________
against royalties, receipt of which is acknowledged.

2.     Completion of Manuscript
       Author shall submit a completed Manuscript, typewritten and double-spaced, with
copy ready for publication to Publisher on or before (date).

3.     Publisher’s Right of Rejection
       Publisher shall have the right to examine the Manuscript submitted for publication
and to suggest such revisions or additions as it may deem necessary. Publisher
reserves the right to reject the Manuscript within (number) days of the receipt of it if it is
not satisfactory in substance and in form, provided that Author fails or refuses to make
or permit such revisions or additions as are deemed necessary by Publisher.

4.      Completion of Text
        Author shall complete the table of contents and index by (date). The index may
be prepared by Publisher's staff at a cost of $__________ to be deducted from Author's
royalties. Author shall supply written permission from the copyright proprietors with
respect to all quotations in the work for which Publisher desires permission. Author shall
supply all illustrations in a form suitable for photo reproduction, together with written
permission for all illustrations that are copyrighted, by (date).

5.     Page and Galley Proofs
       Author shall assume responsibility for checking all page and galley proofs. Page
and galley proofs shall be sent to Author and shall be read, corrected, initialed, and
returned to Publisher within (number) weeks after receipt. Author shall be charged
against royalties the amount of expense incurred by Publisher because of changes in
page and galley proofs other than those necessitated because of printing errors.

6.     Publication
       On approval of a Manuscript satisfactory in all respects, Publisher agrees to
publish and sell the volume at its own expense. The physical characteristics and
description of the volume shall be as follows:
 Size: (number) inches by (number) inches;
 Type: (number)-point in (style) style;
 Paper quality: (paper specifications);
 Binding: (type of binding); and
 Cover: (cover specifications).

7.     Obligation to Publish
       Publisher shall provide for an initial press run of (number) copies of the initial
edition and shall expend $__________ for advertising and promotion of that edition.
These funds shall be expended as Publisher, in its discretion, deems appropriate.
Publisher shall have no obligation to print or sell further editions of the Book. Publisher
reserves the right to withdraw remaining copies of the first edition and destroy them if
sale volume is unprofitable after (number) months of active promotion of the Book.

8.     Revision and Supplementation
       Author shall have the right to prepare any revisions of book, or supplements to it,
which in the judgment of Publisher are necessary, under terms and conditions mutually
agreeable to the parties at the time of publication of the new edition or supplement. If
the parties fail to reach an agreement or if Author fails to prepare the required
Manuscript within (number) months of a written request by Publisher, Publisher may
have a revision or supplement prepared by a member of its own staff or by some other
Author and charge the expense against royalties payable to Author.

9.     Copyright
       Publisher shall, simultaneously with publication of the Book, copyright it in the
name of Publisher, and the copyright shall be the sole property of Publisher during its
good performance of this Agreement. Author's name shall appear on the title page, on
the cover, and in such advertising and promotional publicity that Publisher undertakes.
No person other than Author shall be given credit or represented as the Author of the
Book.

10.    Royalties on Published Books
       Author shall receive the following royalties on published Books:

       A.     On the initial edition, $_________ per copy;
       B.   On other hard-cover reprints (retailing at less than $_________ per copy),
       $_______________ per copy sold; and

       C.     On soft-cover reprints, $_
				
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Description: A manuscript is usually defined as a handwritten or typed, but yet unpublished, text in any field of intellectual endeavor. A "copyright" offers protection for original works of authorship. Copyright protection affords the author of a copyrighted work with specific rights that the author can give or sell to others or keep for him/herself. The concept of copyright protection in the United States is set forth in the original U.S. Constitution which allows Congress to pass laws that promote and encourage the process of the useful arts. The word copyright can be defined as a property right in an original work of authorship (such as a literary, musical, artistic, photographic, or film work) fixed in any tangible medium of expression, giving the holder the exclusive right to reproduce, adapt, distribute, perform, and display the work. A copyright is obtained simply by creating the work. It comes into existence automatically on the date it is created. However, in order to get federal protection of a copyright, the creator of the work has to file two copies of the work with the Copyright Office in Washington, D.C.
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PARTNER William Glover
I received my B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1973 and my J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1976. I joined the firm of Wells Marble & Hurst in May 1976 as an Associate and became a Partner in 1979. While at Wells, I supervised all major real estate commercial loan transactions as well as major employment law cases. My practice also involved estate administration and general commercial law. I joined the faculty of Belhaven College, in Jackson, MS, in 1996 as Assistant Professor of Business Administration and College Attorney. While at Belhaven I taught Business Law and Business Ethics in the BBA and MBA programs; Judicial Process and Constitutional Law History for Political Science Department); and Sports Law for the Department of Sports Administration. I am now on the staff of US Legal Forms, Inc., and drafts forms, legal digests, and legal summaries. I am a LTC and was Staff Judge Advocate for the Mississippi State Guard from 2004-2008. I now serve as the Commanding Officer of the 220th MP BN at Camp McCain near Grenada, MS. I served on active duty during Hurricanes Dennis (July, 2005), Katrina (August, 2005) and Gustav in 2008. I played football at the University of Mississippi in 1969-1971 under Coach John Vaught. I am the author of the Sports Law Book (For Coaches and Administrators) and the Sports Law Handbook for Coaches and Administrators (with Legal Forms),