THE PUBLISHING CONTRACT – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW A publishing contract is the legal agreement between the author of a forthcoming book , and the publishing company that has agreed to publish it. According to Wikipedia, the standard Publishing Contract will cover : “Grant of Rights, Subsidiary Rights, Delivery and Acceptance, Publication, Copyright, Advance (if there is any), Royalties, and Out of Print.” The Writers Union of Canada reminds writers to make sure they read and understand every clause before signing. Don’t leave it all up to someone else – even if you have an agent. Writers Digest advises you to pay special attention to the clause that includes the description of the work. Many examples of Publishing Contracts can be found online for reference and it’s a good idea to get a full understanding. Authors interested in the terms of Propriety Publishing can contact us directly for specific information.