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This agreement is between Joanne Gruskin and Author and concerns the following manuscript:

Author(s): ___________________________________________________________________

Working title: _________________________________________________________________


Length and description of manuscript: ______________________________________________


The Editor agrees to do the following on the manuscript:

a. Copy editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation

b. Stylistic editing (clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, polishing language; line-by-line editing for smoothness and clarity while maintaining author’s voice and style).

c. Developmental editing: critique

These services include two editing passes: the Editor will edit, then send manuscript to Author for approval.  Author will either accept or reject changes and answer any of the Editor’s queries, and then return the manuscript to the Editor, who will incorporate those changes or corrections into the manuscript and clean the copy of editorial markings.



Contingent upon immediate signing of this contract and payment, the edit/critique of the manuscript is to be delivered to the Author by the Editor on or before ___________________


Author agrees to pay Editor $.005 per word in United States funds for the services outlined above. Payment should be made through PayPal (send to



Editor agrees not to reproduce, give, or show to anyone any material sent to her by the Author for editing purposes, unless consulting services from a third party are agreed to.


Author will reimburse Editor for direct expenses incurred in fulfilling this Agreement, including, but not limited to, photocopying, printouts, inputting, couriers, and postage. Editor will not incur any expenses without Author’s express written permission.


No guarantees are made as to the salability or marketability of the edited manuscript. Nor is there a guarantee that the manuscript will be completely error-free, though all efforts will be made to make it so. Unless a co-writing/co-authorship arrangement is made in writing, all royalties and monies gained by the sale of the book will be the sole property of the Author.


Both parties agree that this agreement shall be interpreted and governed by the laws of the State of Florida.


This Agreement may be amended only in writing signed by both parties.


Once the project is in process either party may terminate this Agreement in the event of material change of circumstance with 14 days’ notice sent in writing to the other party at the address(es) provided. If the Editor terminates the agreement, Author will pay the Editor for work done up to the date of termination, and Editor will refund over payment. If the Author terminates the agreement, the Author will pay the Editor for the work completed up to the date of termination, but this amount will not be less than 50% of the estimated total for the project.



If you contact me, I'll send you a copy of this contract, ready to amend and sign.


Sample Contract

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