_____________________, referred to as WRITER, and _____________________, referred to
as ILLUSTRATOR, agree:
WRITER has prepared a manuscript with a tentative title of ______________________, of
approximately ______________________ words. Pursuant to the terms and conditions herein
ILLUSTRATOR shall prepare certain materials to be incorporated in the work. The manuscript
shall be delivered to the ILLUSTRATOR no later than _______________________. The
materials contracted for herein shall be completed by the ILLUSTRATOR no later than
_______________________, provided, that if the manuscript is delayed in delivery, that the date
for delivery shall be adjusted accordingly.
WRITER shall reasonably cooperate with and assist the ILLUSTRATOR in preparation of the
ILLUSTRATOR shall prepare the following, to the satisfaction of the WRITER:
1. a cover, with the original to be approximately ________________________________ in size
in _______________________________ colors;
2. __________________________ illustrations related to the work, to be approximately
___________________________ in size and ___________________________.
As ILLUSTRATOR’s sole compensation herein, ILLUSTRATOR shall be paid a total fee of
(____________________________________ & ________________/100 dollars), to be paid as
No further compensation shall be due. WRITER shall have the right to unlimited reproduction of
the illustrations thereafter.
ILLUSTRATOR shall keep the existence of the work, and all information related to the same
strictly confidential until the work is published or otherwise is released into the public domain.
ILLUSTRATOR shall receive credit in any distributed version of the work as the illustrator, in such
places as are customary and usual within the trade for the type of work.
ILLUSTRATOR warrants that the materials delivered herein are the original work of the
ILLUSTRATOR and that the same do not violate any copyright, trademark or other protection of
intellectual property by ILLUSTRATOR. ILLUSTRATOR further warrants that ILLUSTRATOR has
the full right to convey the rights granted to WRITER herein. ILLUSTRATOR shall indemnify the
WRITER from any such claims related to the work of the illustrator. Provided, however, that in the
event that the WRITER specifically requests in writing a particular form of rendering that the
WRITER shall be responsible for such claims to the extent that they are proximately caused by
the WRITER’s request.
This is the entire agreement between the parties, and the same may only be modified by a writing
executed by the parties hereto.
Illustrator & Author Agreement
This review list is provided to inform you about this document in question and assist you in its
preparation. This agreement can be adapted for a variety of artistic endeavors including, but not
limited to, illustrator or artist and publisher.
1. Make multiple copies. Give a signed copy to each party.
2. Formalizing this kind of relationship is especially important because artwork has a very
personal impact on those creating it—which can lead to anger and litigation if the exact
terms and conditions are not met. Signed agreements eliminate most of the ambiguity
and tend to tone down emotional issues surrounding such subjects.