We have nothing to hide in our contract, and we encourage authors to look it over before submitting a manuscript.
Download our Publishing Contract here (PDF) (Excludes Poetry and Creative Portfolio titles, detailed below.)
The following information serves as terms and conditions for publication, and submission of work assumes acceptance of these terms. We suggest that you print this page and retain it for your records.
This is an exclusive publishing contract - it does not assign copyright to us, only a right to publish your work.
We only want rights for ebook and print editions, and in English. You retain all other publishing rights. If we add other formats or languages we will approach you with an offer and add it to our agreement. Until then, we believe it's wrong to take rights for formats we don't market.
This agreement may limit your ability to post your work on Facebook, blogs, etc, as you need to seek confirmation from us prior to any such publication.
This work is original and your own, and you indemnify us against any challenge to its publication. In the event of publishing work that infringes on a third party's rights, you further agree to pay Wordcatcher £150 compensation for each occurrence. We take copyright seriously, whoever it belongs to, and this is to disuade authors from plagarism.
Just to be clear, there is no charge for publishing your poetry in this series, or buy a minimum number of copies. We do, however, expect you to get involved in marketing your book, and to be prepared to spend money on this activity.
Our Schedule for Publication
We aim to publish two poetry titles per month, so we are limited to twenty-four poetry titles per year.
Please allow four weeks for us to respond to your submission - after that time you are welcome to contact us to track its progress.
Publication day will generally be on a Wednesday, although this need not be the day you have a book launch. We are marketing Wordcatcher Wednesdays for poetry and creative portfolio titles.
Publication date will depend on current workload, significant dates in the calendar, and existing releases.
It is up to you to arrange any book launches, we do not have the resources to do this for you.
Previously Published Content
If any of your work has been previously published you will need to advise us of when and where this was, so we can make a judgement on whether we want to publish it in the collection. You must have the legal right to publish this work with us. If there were conditions attached to any prior publication we need to know what they were. If you are unsure, please ask and we can discuss.
You are committing to marketing your book. We do not have a budget to market individual poetry titles, but we do put resources into building an audience for our poetry collection as a whole, and you will be expected to put effort into this as well. Marketing your book is a joint effort, and you may sell more books than we do. We want to work with authors who are committed to selling books.
How to Submit
The terms and conditions for publication are as follows:
Page last updated: 17/05/2019 - please print this page as a copy for your records.