If any part of this agreement is held invalid, the remainder will not be affected.

This agreement is governed by the laws of England.

No term of this Agreement shall be enforceable by any person who is not a party to this Agreement.

If any one or more of the provisions of this Agreement should be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions contained in this Agreement shall not in any way be affected or impaired and the parties shall amend this Agreement to add a new provision having an effect as near as legally permissible to the one held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable.

Edits, copy-edits and changes

You agree that Author Handbook can copy-edit your contribution as per the established House Style. Author Handbook will seek confirmation of approval for any other types of changes or edits: if you do not reply within three weeks to the email explaining the edits, you agree that this represents tacit approval to the edits and changes. If agreement on any edits and changes cannot be reached, you may withdraw your content immediately. Any agreement to, or tacit approval of, edits or changes is irrevocable. You agree that your right to approve changes and edits applies only to the content of your contribution, not its placement, any other material (whether in the Handbook or promotional, marketing, advertising, publicity materials) with or around it: you agree that you have no rights to anything other than the content of your contribution.

Attributions and exceptions

You agree that you may opt to have your name included in the list of contributors at the back and, at your request, where any or all of your contribution is included in the Handbook: however, you waive the right to have your contribution attributed in publicity, advertising, marketing or other promotional materials where the total wordcount is under 500 words and/or where the formatting, layout or other parameters do not provide for this. You may also elect for your contribution to be publicly anonymous and for no credit to be given anywhere to you.

If you wish to withdraw some or all of your contribution

If you wish to withdraw your contribution, you recognise that Author Handbook has the right to refuse, though the normal procedure will be to withdraw the contribution within eighteen months so as to give Author Handbook time to source, edit and integrate a new contribution in its place. It may be impossible to remove your contribution from promotional, publicity, marketing, advertising or similar materials, but we will endeavour to do so on the same basis. If we accidentally leave in a mention or linkage, just let us know and we will correct this as soon as possible.

We do not guarantee to use any or all of your contribution

Please don’t feel bad if we don’t use your contribution. The most likely reason is that we already have something that covers exactly the same things. Either way, please don’t email us about whether we are or are not using your contribution. If we are using a contribution, in full or part, we’ll let you know as soon as it’s selected. You can always submit further contributions based on our rolling request criteria. Something will probably fit sooner or later! So please don’t take silence from us as a rejection – but please don’t try to argue with us either. It won’t change our decision.

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