Agreement

We will always do our best to fulfill your needs and meet your goals, but sometimes it is best to have a few simple things written down so that we both know what is what, who should do what and what happens if things go wrong. In this contract you won’t find complicated legal terms or large passages of unreadable text. We have no desire to trick you into DOING something that you might later regret. We do want what’s best for the safety of both parties, now and in the future.

In short

By placing your work with us, you are giving SHANNON ROMANCE the right to convert the work into different formats such as EPUB, MOBI, AWZ3 and PDF. You are giving us the right to display and sell the work on our webiste as an ebook only. The agreed payment plan is at the end of the document.

What do both parties agree to do? 

As the author of the work, you have the power and ability to enter into this contract on behalf of yourself . You agree to provide us with everything that we need to complete the project  as and when we need it, and in the format that we ask for. We agree to convert your work and provide the links so that you can download the books to your own computer. we agree to stick to the payment schedule set out at the end of this contract.

We have the experience and ability to perform the services you need from us, and we will carry them out in a professional and timely manner. Along the way we will endeavour to meet all the deadlines set but we can’t be responsible for a missed publication launch date or a deadline if you have been late in supplying the required work.

Details of the works

You will provide the book cover graphics as well as the completed manuscript in a Word.doc or Word.docx file.  

Plagiarism

We won’t tolerate that.  It’s taboo and the work will be taken down immediately from SHANNON and all retailers. The onus is on you to prove you have not plagiarized, not us.

Stolen Name

Same as plagiarism.

Legal stuff 

We can’t guarantee that the work will sell, as that depends on what customers choose to purchase to read. As this is being paid on a royalty share basis, it is therefore understood that payment is dependent on sales occuring. We will do our best to ensure that the book is readily available for purchase so that customers can easily find the work at popular online book retailers, and that the works will be available as an ebook.

If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

Copyrights 

When we receive the finalized  work from you, copyright is automatically assigned as follows:

You own the copyright to your work. Period.  You give SHANNON ROMANCE  the exclusive rights to publish the work and to distribute it.

We know you love to share information about your completed projects, so you also have the right to display and link to your completed project as part of your portfolio and to write about the project on web sites, in magazine articles, on social media and on blogs in order to promote the work.  But we have the same right.

Payments 

We are sure you understand how important it is  that we pay you promptly.  As we’re also sure you’ll want to stay friends, we agree to stick tight to the following payment schedule, which will be as follows, but may be revised based on further conversations between us.

How often are my revenue shares paid? 
Quarterly. Author’s earnings will be paid within 40 days of the close of each calendar quarter, though we usually pay in 30 days.To qualify for payment, accrued earnings must be over USD $10.00 for all authors via Paypal. All authors and publishers outside the US are paid via PayPal. Unlike sales transacted at SHANNON ROMANCE, where you receive instant notification of a sale, sales at retailers are reported back to SHANNON ROMANCE on a delayed basis, and there’s a lag time between the end of the quarter and the time we receive the reports and the payment. Once we receive the reports, we will reflect this data in your royalty statement. For each quarterly revenue period, you will be paid your share of all payments received from retailers as of the last day of each calendar quarter. Considering that all retailers pay on a delayed schedule of 30-60 days, this means that often,  retail sales reports and payments will only include the first or second month’s receipts for each quarter, as well as all previous receipts.

The quarters are Q1 (January/February/March), Q2 (April/May/June), Q3 (July/August/September) and Q4(October/November/December), so SHANNON ROMANCE will issue payments approximately one month after the end of each quarter.  This means we usually process payments the last two days of January, April, July and October.   To be paid, your details must be filled in on the submission form.

How do I track my accrued and expected earnings
Click to your Dashboard’s Sales and Payments report (the report is on the left side of your Dashboard) for a full accounting of all sales across all retailers, including us.

How are earnings calculated
SHANNON ROMANCE pays the author, or the author’s designated publisher, 50%  of the gross sales proceeds from the work if sold via SHANNON ROMANCE.   and sales originated by affilliate marketers is 70.5% net. For most retail distribution partners, SHANNON ROMANCE pays the author/publisher 60% of the suggested list price you set for your book. These rates vary by retailer for sales outside the US.  Apple, Barnes & Noble and Diesel are 60% of retail price, though for Apple’s UK, France, Germany and Australian bookstores, Apple deducts a Value Added Tax (VAT) from your sales price, so your actual earnings share = 60% of (Retail price – VAT). Kobo is also 60% for books priced between $.99 and $12.99 for US and Canadian dollar-denominated sales. Sales in other currencies at Kobo are at 38% list.

When are affiliate earnings paid
If you’re an affiliate marketer, your earnings are paid on the same quarterly schedule as author earnings.

I live outside the United States. How do I get paid?
We pay via PayPal. PayPal is available in most countries. You are responsible for paying any taxes you may owe on income derived from this agreement.

But where is all the horrible small print?

Just like a parking ticket, you cannot transfer this contract to anyone else without our permission. This contract stays in place and need not be renewed. If for some reason one part of this contract becomes invalid or unenforceable, the remaining parts of it remains in place.

Although the language is simple, the intentions are serious and this contract is a legal document under exclusive jurisdiction of American courts.