Author Agreement

Please review and accept the below Author Agreement to complete the Author Application.

This sets forth the terms of the agreement between Matthew Carmichael, LLC DBA Aspiring Authors (“Aspiring Authors”) and you regarding your writing creative literary works (the “Works”) for Aspiring Authors. (the “Agreement”).

(1) Content: Subject to the conditions herein, Aspiring Authors will publish on one or more of its website options, including www.AspiringAuthors.org (the “Website”), content that you agree to provide from time to time (content provided by you, the “Works”).

(2) Consideration/Grant of Rights/License: In consideration of Aspiring Authors publishing the Works, you hereby grant Aspiring Authors the following non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable, perpetual and worldwide rights and license in and to each of the Works:

a. The right to reproduce, publish, distribute, display and create derivative works (including translations and advertisements) of any of the Works, in whole or in any part, on or in connection with the Website or otherwise, provided, however, that Aspiring Authors will give you the opportunity to review any derivative work that is a translation, or is a substantial modification, of any Work prior to its publication.

b. The right to use your name, likeness or biography and to publish information about you in connection with any of the foregoing rights and uses.

All of the foregoing rights extend to any use of any of the Works in any and all media or format, whether now known or as may hereafter be created, including, but not limited to, all print, other hard copy, digital or electronic media, internet, or wireless or mobile platforms.

(3) Limited Exclusivity Period; Attribution: You will not, and you will not permit any third party to, publish any Work in any media or format for a period of not less than ninety (90) days from date on which such Work is first published on the Website. After such period, if you publish, or any third party authorized by you publishes, the Work, you shall, and you shall ensure that such third party shall, credit the first publication of the Work substantially as first published on the Website.

(4) Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights: Subject to the rights granted to Aspiring Authors pursuant to Section 2, you own and retain all intellectual property rights in any and all Works.

(5) Representations and Warranties; Covenants; Indemnification; Conflict of Interest:

a. You represent and warrant that: (i) you have the full right and authority to enter into this Agreement, (ii) you are or will be the sole author of each Work, (iii) the Work is or will be your own original work, (iv) the Work does not and will not plagiarize another’s work, (v) the Work has not, prior to publication on the Website, previously been published by you or any other person in any form, (vi) the Work has not been assigned, pledged or otherwise encumbered by you or any other person, (vii) the Work contains no intellectual property owned by any third party or, if it does, you have cleared, at your expense, all rights to use such intellectual property in the Work for all of the purposes and rights granted pursuant to Section 2, (viii) the Work does not contain any libelous, obscene or untrue statements or any material that is deceptive, fraudulent or intentionally misleading or that invades any right of privacy or personal right of any person, (ix) the Work and Aspiring Authors’ use of it in accordance with this Agreement does not infringe upon, violate or misappropriate any intellectual property right of any third party or any applicable law or regulation, and (x) all statements in the Work that are asserted as facts are true or based upon research that would reasonably support its accuracy.

b. You shall retain all notes, drafts and copies relating to a Work for three (3) years from the date on which you provide the Work to the Website.

c. Prior to submitting a Work to the Website, you shall disclose to Aspiring Authors in writing any actual or potential conflict of interest, including, but not limited to, any activities, sponsors, affiliation or interest, financial, political or otherwise, in any product, service, firm, or commercial venture relating to the subject of the Work or any professional, business, political or personal relationship (family or otherwise) with any person mentioned in the Work or to which the Work refers. The Works shall not directly or impliedly endorse any political candidates or political positions.

d. Except with the prior written consent of Aspiring Authors, you will not refer to your association with Aspiring Authors in connection with any promotion or identification of yourself publicly (other than in connection with a Work published on the Website), including in any speaking engagements, public appearances, interviews or any other publication. In no event will you use your association with Aspiring Authors to solicit or accept any services, products or gifts.

e. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Aspiring Authors, and its directors, officers, employees, licensees and agents, against any third-party claim, liability, damages, cost or expense, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising out of any breach or alleged breach by you of any provision of this Agreement.

(6) Right not to Publish and to Edit: Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, Aspiring Authors, in its sole discretion and for any reason, may choose not to publish any Work or may, at any time, remove, withdraw, postpone the publication of or edit the Work, whether in whole or in part.

(7) Relationship of the Parties:  Nothing herein shall be construed to create an employer-employee, partnership or agency relationship between Aspiring Authors and you. You are an independent contractor and not an employee, partner or agent of Aspiring Authors.

(8) Term and Termination: This Agreement shall remain in effect from the date on which you execute it below until terminated by either party upon written notice. Sections 2, 4, 5(a), (b), (d), and (e), 8, and 10 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

(9) Modification/Assignment: This Agreement contains the entire understanding between Aspiring Authors and you and may not be modified, waived, assigned or discharged except expressly and in a writing signed by both parties. Any assignment of this Agreement in violation of this provision shall be null and void.

(10) Governing Law/ Jurisdiction/ Severability/ Superseding Agreement: This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Missouri without giving effect to any conflict of laws and/or principles thereof. You agree to bring any disputes arising out of this Agreement exclusively in either the federal courts of the Missouri Western District Court or the courts of the State of Missouri located in the County of Greene. You consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction by, and to venue in, any such courts. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of the Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. This Agreement supersedes any prior agreement, written or oral, between Aspiring Authors and you pertaining to the subject matter hereof.

(11) Electronic Signature: This Agreement may be executed via electronic transmission with the same effect as if executed on a document and as if the signature was an original.

ASPIRING AUTHORS’ GUIDELINES/CODE OF CONDUCT

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Author Application

The below “Author Application” must be completed in its entirety. Accept the above Terms, Guidelines and Code of Conduct to apply.

* I accept the above Terms, Guidelines and Code of Conduct. (You must accept to continue.)
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* First Name
* Las Name
* Date of Birth (Minimum Age: 18)
Pen Name (Pseudonym)**
**A pseudonym will be used for security purposes if accepted by Aspiring Authors. This is NOT required, but your real name will be displayed in your writings if a pen name is not provided.
* Email
* Confirm Email
* Street Address 1
Street Address 2
* City
* State
* Postal Code
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If different from above, please provide your mailing address below.
* Please share with us a little about yourself, your background and your qualifications as an author. (This information may be used in preparing summaries for your stories and/or a short biography about you as an author.)
* Please tell us why you want to write for Aspiring Authors.
* Please share about your experience as a writer?
* What other information should we know about you that might help us in the decision making process?
* Please provide an example of your work below. (You may also choose to paste a link to an online version or attach a file. If attaching a file, please write "file attached" in the box below to continue.)
If applicable, please attach a work example.
* Please attach a professional and high quality colored photo. (If accepted as an author, we will use this photo in your biography and/or author information page.)
Do you understand and agree to the Terms, Guidelines and Code of Conduct between you and Aspiring Authors as outlined above?
* Digital Signature
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NOTE: The "Apply" feature below will not activate until you have accepted the above Terms, Guidelines and Code of Conduct.