Wolfian Press Terms & Conditions
Current Terms & Conditions
Wolfian Press helps independent authors to be published and to sell their books online.
All copyright remains with the author of the book, and the Wolfian Press claim no rights of copyright. Please check that you have clearance for any quotations or images used; whilst the Wolfian Press will give advice, the copyright responsibilities remain the author's.
Fees and Royalties
A basic set-up fee of £50 will be charged, together with a 33% stake in royalties. Additional formatting requirements, e.g. for different releases, and add-ons such as cover design will come with an additional fee, depending on the amount of work required. It is possible to trade additional costs against decreased royalties, to a maximum of 50% (equal share) of royalties. The Wolfian Press is the publisher, not the printer, but one copy of any non-hardback work will be included in the price
Campaigns & Competitions
As part of the basic package, the Wolfian Press will undertake social media campaigns for your book, and can arrange for competitions to be set up on sites such as Goodreads. The responsibility for paying for prize copies in print, and posting them, remains with the author. Where prizes are solely of an electronic format, the Wolfian Press will send DRM-free copies to the winners on your behalf.
As we are currently set up as a self-publishing service for independent authors, the Wolfian Press is happy to liaise with authors who currently have no document, or only notes as to how to go about creating one. If you have a completed document, and wish to submit it to us, the Wolfian Press prefers submissions made in Word, or similar formats, that have already had the text formatted to the appearance desired by the author, as well as, if possible, the page sized to that of the desired book size. Don't worry if this is beyond you, but if it's not beyond you, it would certainly speed the process up.
Payments to or from the Wolfian Press can be made by bank transfer, within the UK, or by Paypal, for the UK or world to email@example.com
Payment in advance is required once publication is agreed. We will happily liaise with you for a considerable period whilst we give advice, and discuss options, but once any work is required from us on formatting the document, or preparing it for publication, we will send a simple contract, upon the signing of which the fee in full is due.
The reason for this is that, at the low price offered here, the bulk of the work on our behalf is made up to the point of publication.
Authors will receive monthly sales reports from all formats of their books, but please note the distributors pay monthly in arrears, which for sales in August, for example, means we receive the money at the end of October. Thus, the first sales report we are able to send will be at the end of the first month of publication, but the first royalties we are able to remit will be two months later.
The Wolfian Press will keep your book in publication permanently, at all outlets selected. The exceptions to this are :-
1) If we receive a copyright violation notice or a plagiarism take-down notice, where we will delist the title immediately and inform you of the problem
2) Where you as the author request that we delist the book. We request that you keep it in publication with us for 12 months after its initial listing, but as the copyright remains with you, the author, should there be reason on your part to need to withdraw the book before then, we will endeavour to comply. Any time after this 12 months you may instruct us to delist the book, with no penalty. We will continue to pay any already-accrued royalties, and if after a 3 month period from delisting you have not requested that we relist the book, we will permanently delete its listing for you. A copy of the manuscript will be retained on our files for 12 months unless you instruct us to destroy it - after which we will have no document to supply, if you decide to relist.
Wolfian Press Publications - Into The Future
Wolfian Press is registering with Nielsen as a registered publisher in the UK. This means that the books we publish will be sent to the National Libraries under Legal Deposit, and will appear in Trade Catalogues, including those accessed by bookshops and libraries.
Under any of the forthcoming packages offered under our new Services business plans, a legally-binding contract will be offered whereby both the author and the publisher (ourselves) agree to keep the book in publication for two years. As the publisher, Wolfian Press has no intention to delist books at any time, but if circumstances arise where it is deemed appropriate to do so, we will not do so until two years has expired. Likewise, if the author wishes to terminate the publishing relationship, vis-a-vis that book, they must wait until two years has passed from the initial list date of the book. This minimum period is designed to be fair to both parties.
Royalties will be at a split of 66% to the author and 33% to the publisher. Royalties are the profit made over and above the minimum pricing, which is what it costs to publish the book, or in the case of ebooks, is the cut taken by the distributor (not us). We will recommend a price for your book when we list it, but you may request a higher one, or where feasible a lower one. A higher sales price will get higher royalties per sale, but may significantly decrease sales volume. A lower sales price may increase sale volume but significantly decrease royalties per unit sold.
Copyright - Be Sure!
As a registered publisher we will do due diligence on any images used in your book. To be certain that you have permission to use them, we provide an Author's Copyright Guide. Simply put you must own the photograph yourself, or have the photographer's permission to use it. However, if the photograph was taken on privately-owned land, such as castles, or cathedrals, then you may need to pay a site licensing fee to the landowner, or get their permission in writing. If your photograph is of a castle, but was taken from a public highway, then there is no problem, it is the location you were standing in that indicates if a site license is required (certain exceptions apply). If you buy an image to use off the internet, we will need to see the Terms and Conditions that come with it, to make sure you paid for the appropriate license.
We will also do due diligence on any quotations in the book to ensure that they meet the 'fair use' criteria. Where in doubt, we may need to enquire of the copyright holder, who will be perhaps a media company, or another publisher. If they charge a fee, we will report this back to you. As a general rule, it is wise to only quote on the frontispiece someone who has given you permission to have their words there, or who has been dead for over seventy years. Shakespeare and Mark Twain are not likely to sue you over a couple of lines, but a best-selling author, or song-writer may well do so. Where in doubt, we will always seek the permission of the individual quoted or their representatives.
What Copyright does Wolfian Press Claim?
As a registered publisher, we are putting the book out with the assigned copyright as agreed by you, in the contract. We are willing to work with you for the least restrictive option, and if publishing, for example, a collection of essays or short stories, would not object to most instances of your wishing to submit one piece to a magazine, or for serialisation, but please request permission in writing as a matter of courtesy. The contract forbids your republishing of the entirety of a work, or a substantial percentage, elsewhere whilst the book is in print - this is a standard industry requirement. For example, if we publish a collection of ten essays, then you may neither include those ten essays in another larger book, say of twenty essays, or re-use half a dozen of them in a different collection. Of course, if you wish to publish those other collections through Wolfian Press, then you would not be violating assigned copyright and we would happily work with you on it.
Once a contract is signed, and the publication package chosen from the Services business plans, Wolfian Press require half of the agreed money to paid immediately.Payments to or from the Wolfian Press can be made by bank transfer, within the UK, or by Paypal, for the UK or world to firstname.lastname@example.org We will send our bank account details upon request if you wish to pay by bank transfer. Other payment options are available on request, but may incur a fee.
Once the book has been published and you have approved all relevant proofs, 30% of the outstanding balance falls due. Once you receive the first payment of royalties, typically three months from the listing date, the remaining 20% of the oustanding balance will be due. You may of course choose to pay these in advance of the due date, if you wish.