XDB Terms and Conditions

If your work is selected for publication, you will receive a version of this author contract.


AGREEMENT between Xi Draconis Books (“Publisher”) and X (“Author”). The parties to this Agreement wish to publish the trade paperback and digital editions of Author’s book (“the Book”). The two parties agree as follows:

1.Author grants to Publisher the exclusive rights to print, publish, distribute, sell, and license the rights to any and all editions and/or formats of the Book, in whole or in part, in the English language throughout the world.

2.Author grants to Publisher the exclusive right to electronic versions of the Book. (Electronic versions shall be defined as online and digital reproductions and displays of the verbatim text, illustrations, or excerpts of the Book.)

3.These rights shall be granted to the Publisher for a period of five years from the date of this agreement.

4.The Author vows that the work is hers; that the Book will not infringe upon the personal rights of or give rise to any claim by any third party, including, without limitation, claims in defamation, privacy, copyright, or trademark; and that the Author has the authority to grant us the rights granted in this agreement. Publisher will have no obligation to publish any part of the Book, which in its opinion would infringe upon such rights of any third party.

5.Publisher will make no changes or alterations to the Book without the Author’s permission. The Author will have approval over the design, format, and style of the Book, including text, graphic material, and cover art. In all matters of design, format and style, Publisher will, in consultation with the Author, present graphic materials to the Author, who will have the right to approve such materials and such approval will not be unreasonably withheld.

6.The Author will have approval over the promotion of the Book. That is, she will decide when, where, how, and if she tours. The Author will have the right to approve how the Book will be described in publicity materials.

7.The Author agrees to an initial print run of 100 copies of the Book, of which the Publisher will grant eight to the Author for her disposal. Remaining printed copies will be distributed by the Publisher or used for promotional purposes by the Publisher. The Publisher will order additional print runs as needed.

8.The Publisher agrees to pay to the Author $100 in compensation for the rights herein granted.

9.All rights to the Book not expressly granted to us here will remain, always, with the Author. The Author can sell television rights, film rights, billboard rights, plush toy and key chain rights—all without the approval of the Publisher. Publisher has only the rights described in clauses 1, 2, 3, and 4.

10.If there is a disagreement between the two parties arising out of this agreement, it will be resolved in good faith through an arbitrator in Cincinnati, Ohio, to be selected by the parties. The arbitrator’s decision may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. No arbitration can be commenced and neither Author nor Publisher can be found to be in breach of this Agreement unless they have been given written notice identifying the breach and a thirty-day opportunity to cure it.

11.This agreement is subject to the laws of the State of Ohio.

12.Should the Publisher default in complying with the terms of this Agreement and does not rectify such default within 30 days, all rights shall revert to the Author.

13.Should the Book be out of print at any time and the Publisher fails to reprint within six months, all rights granted herein shall revert to the Author.

14.This Agreement may be assigned by Publisher as part of the sale or transfer of all or substantially all of Publisher’s business or is part of a merger or consolidation of Publisher with another company. This agreement may also be assigned by Publisher to any subsidiary or affiliate or any company or entity under controlled by it. The performance of the terms of this Agreement is personal to Author and may not be assigned. Otherwise, the provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the parties, their respective successors, legal representatives, and assigns.

15.This Agreement reflects the entire understanding between the parties and it may not be changed except in writing signed by both parties.