Business Book Agreement




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Dear Writer's Lifeline Inc.:

By signing and returning this agreement with my manuscript and check payable to "Writer's Lifeline, Inc.," I indicate my understanding of the following terms and conditions of our working together.

1. I will receive twenty hours of editorial services from a Writer's Lifeline, Inc. editor, or from a team of editors under the marketplace guidance of AEI, Inc. The editorial services provided include: concept, market, audience, structural, and style editing; rewriting; telephone consultations; e-mail and fax communications; and other activities related to developing my business project(s) into a commercially viable property. To get the most out of my time, Writer's Lifeline, Inc. recommends that I prepare an agenda for my telephone consultations, that I tape the conversations for easy reference, and that I undertake some self-revision before submitting materials to my editor.

2. Depending on my specific needs as a writer, the development process may include concept focusing and development work, guidance in perfecting research, identifying the "natural shape" of my book, identifying my ideal reader, simplifying and rearranging chapters for maximum dramatic impact, and/or a reworking of the style to make it "trade-friendly," until we're mutually satisfied that the basic structure, content elements, combination of narrative and anecdote, and rise and fall of dramatic impact are both convincing and compelling. Due to the organic nature of the writing process, I understand that Writer's Lifeline, Inc. can't predict in advance how far I'll get, nor can Writer's Lifeline, Inc. guarantee that twenty hours will be sufficient time to create or complete a proposal or book that is ready for sale.

3. I am fully committed to improving my skills through your service, and acknowledge that fees for editorial services are not refundable. You will notify me upon receipt of my check, and I can expect to hear from my designated editor within 10 business days thereafter. Meanwhile, I will be reading Ken Atchity's A Writer's Time, in order to share a "common reference point" with my editor. I will be sent A Writer's Time by return mail, when Writer's Lifeline receives my payment.

4. I, the author, retain all rights to my own work, whether or not I continue to employ Writer's Lifeline, Inc. editorial services beyond the initial twenty hours, up until such time as I may dispose of those rights (or some part of those rights) through the sale of my work; I understand that my Writer's Lifeline editor will sign a quitclaim for my protection, and that all our dealings will be in confidence.

5. I've signed and dated this letter, and am returning it with my check for $2,500, payable to Writer’s Lifeline, Inc., along with my manuscript and a one-page synopsis to:

Writer's Lifeline, Inc. at
9601 Wilshire Blvd. #1202
Beverly Hills CA 90210.

or paying by credit card. (Click here to pay by credit card)

Writer's Lifeline, Inc. will notify me of their receipt and schedule an initial consultation immediately




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