Free Author-Agent Agreement

A contract between an author and an agent that will represent their business interests.

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Suppose you are an unpublished writer who has been approached by an agent to represent you and market your work. Even with all the excitement of this new phase in your literary career, you want to ensure that your rights to your work are legally protected and that both you and the agent are well aware of the terms of this venture. You may want to use a Literary Agency Agreement.

You may also be an agent who has found a new client and you want a legally binding contract that clearly lays out the rights of expectations for you and the other party. Using an Author-Agent Agreement ensures that all parties involved are legally protected against fraud or misuse.

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An Author-Agent Agreement is a legally binding document that outlines the terms of the agency arrangement between the writer and the agent.

Using the Author-Agent Agreement is the best way to make sure the writer and his/her representative are in agreement about the details of their working relationship.

To create the Author-Agent agreement, you will need to provide:

  • Author Details - Give the name and address of the author.

  • Agent Details - Give the name and address of the agent.

  • Effective Date - Enter the date the agreement will go into effect.

  • Governing State - Select which State’s laws will control the terms of the agreement.

  • Term - Specify how long the agreement will last.

  • Scope of Representation - The Agent will either represent the Author with regards to specifically listed works of art or for all works of art created during a certain period of time. 

  • Compensation - Compensation for the Agent in this agreement is based on commission: a percentage of the gross compensation received for the sale, lease or licensing of the Author’s Works. 

  • Extent of agent’s authority - Describe which actions the agent may take (give approval on deals, collect payments, etc.).

  • Method of Dispute Resolution - Choose between arbitration or use of the court system.

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Once you complete the questionnaire and place your order, it will be available for immediate download in either PDF or Word document from your secure online account including a step-by-step guide on how to use your document.

Generally, the Author-Agent Agreement does not need to be notarized – both parties only need to sign the document to make it legally enforceable. 


Please Note: The use of a notary ensures that no one challenges any signatures later and is a secure way to firmly establish the effectiveness of your document.

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