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date: 06 June 2020


A Dictionary of Publishing

Adrian Bullock,

Chris Jennings,

Nicola Timbrell

A voluntary, written or spoken agreement between two or more parties to provide a product or a service, which has a basis in law and is legally enforceable. To be legally enforceable the contract must, amongst other criteria, give specific details of what is to be provided (the offer); show acceptance by the other party of the offer; and specify the consideration, which can be a benefit, money, or something of value to be exchanged between the parties. A publishing contract between author and publisher contains clauses that specify a wide range of items, including: date for delivery of a satisfactory copy of the work to be published; number of words; ... ...

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