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Sample Contracts

Also known as a Letter of Agreement, this explains the goals and scope of the project, what services are included, terms and conditions, and the all-inclusive price.

For a complete project, we usually sign two separate Letters of Agreement at different stages in the process.

The first covers the preparation of the manuscript. It is signed before any work begins.

The second covers the book design and printing and binding costs. It is signed after the manuscript is finalised and when the client has a clear idea of how he or she wants to preserve it.

This flexible format offers several advantages for our clients.

  • Storytellers may not know at the outset how they wish to print the story. This enables them to start the storytelling project without having to make those decisions.
  • Storytellers may change their minds on printing options as the story takes shape. This enables them to delay printing decisions until the completed manuscript is in hand.
  • After the manuscript is complete, the storyteller may elect to “pause” and delay publication.
  • The storyteller may elect to print the manuscript independently of, or not at all.

Click here to read and download a sample Letter of Agreement for the preparation of a manuscript

Click here to read and download a sample Letter of Agreement for book and cover design, printing and binding


"Without Philip's help, I could never have written and published my memoirs. Not only is the finished product much better than I ever could have imagined, but the whole process was very rewarding. Philip and his team are professional in every sense of the word, and I benefited first hand from his intuitive editing skills - his ability to rearrange a passage with skill and subtlety without sacrificing anything of the narrative. And all done with a lightness and humour that makes working together pure fun.

"He also taught me the satisfaction of discipline and deadlines! Now that the book is completed, there will be a sad silence at 10.00 p.m., when we had most of our working conversations - I'm a night owl and that's my prime time! Thank you, dear Philip!"

- Joyce Bryant, CM, BEM, author of Slender Threads.


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