Our Contracts

Due to the pandemic, we created a contract that makes our Author a key player in the publication process. As a tr publishing house, we are responsible for printing, marketing, and all the process between - alleviating the worrisome operation of making sales from the Author. This allows them freedom to be a creative, and we the cultivators of their fandom. As a nonprofit, we have a vantage point that many companies do not have:

As a 501c3 charity, we are bound by our mission. This means we do not operate for the sake of profit and are able to accept contributions by volunteers and donors. Hence, we made an amendment for our Authors who've been published with us, in the past few years. This amendment will be our standard. This contract serves as a humble compromise to welcome authors back into traditional publishing, and we hope that other publishers will follow our lead.

To begin, we cut the royalties between our publishing house and the Author equally, as partners, 50/50. 

Traditionally, Authors are given 4%-7% in royalties. But that was when books weren't self-published as ebooks, and fandoms were built by the Publishers. Nowadays, Authors have all the power, keeping 100% of the royalties online and in print. But this has compromised their livelihood, losing sleep and experiencing the trifles of marketing and copyright payments. Lost were the days of advances and vacations paid by Publishers, and out came the unstoppable tigers fighting for the same mountain. 

After 2010, though, the fight was beaten out of these tigers, which soon led to the uprise of new small publishers. We all regret it. Destroying the old traditional companies didn't mean we fixed the system. It meant we were now in the same sinking boat.

As a remedy, our partnership with the Author is a compromise because of the following:
  1. Our Author agrees to share their royalties with the freelancers we commission

    Readers may jump from one genre to the next, on a weekly basis. But to capture their attention, we need quality. The Author knows this, and many have experience in it. We know quality Editors, Designers, Translators, and more. And they all want a piece of the pie. To bring the Author into the war room, they come to grips over whom we are working with, and why it's important to respect those that want to invest their book.

  2. Our Publishers agree to pay all expenses, including advances and licensing

    The advances are humble, but that comes out of our pocket, not the Author's. These initiates trust between the Author and Freelancers, being in the same boat. The Publisher doesn't own their work until it's published, and the Freelancers are not employees. Everyone is free to leave the job, according to the terms of our contract.

    For those that are new to this, read more about advances here

  3. Our Publisher only keeps partial copyrights, and "out of print" terms

    Every Author is scared to give their copyrights to the wrong people. We understand. Which is why we only ask for partial copyrights. What this means is we ask for ebook and tradebacks, and may relieve other copyrights, such as hard cover, Spanish versions, etc. And our "out of print" terms allow Authors and Publishers to opt out of the project by whim, with financial obligations to be fulfilled, under the terms set forth in each contract. 
All of this is negotiable.

Authors are dealing with the Publisher. The Publisher deals with the Freelancers. Whereby everyone is updated in correspondence by the Publisher. Everyone is allowed to stay and leave the project, and, with communication, many stay with the promise of being included in the process.

We found that this method works well, being that most of the industry has come to a halt. We're unsure of when this pandemic may end, but this new normal requires initiative, and we're hoping this will help everyone.

Azure Lorica can afford to share its profits. We can't have business without Freelancers and Writers. But in time, we are hopeful that these compromises will prove our investments through our Authors to bear fruit in these strange days.