KNOW THE FACTS
Protecting your work is incredibly important during the information age.
Being informed about different types of copyright, and knowledgeable about your first rights to publication, is the first step to defending yourself against plagiarism. We have designed our business specifically to help writers protect their ideas and defend themselves from intellectual theft.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
We would like to reassure you about your rights when working with Illuminovel. This company was created by authors for authors, so all concerns have been justly considered by people who were once in your exact position. Below is our Terms and Conditions, in simple terms for your convenience.
No Prohibited Use of Intellectual Property
Illuminovel has absolutely zero interest in using, claiming, re-distributing or publishing any work submitted. Any work that you submit to us will only be seen by our staff, and will not be copied, or stored beyond 30 days post submission. If one of our members of staff is interested in representing your work, they will contact you privately and are in no way obligated to include or disclose Illuminovel of that interaction.
Illuminovel is not interested in stealing, plagiarizing or collecting ideas behind a work. We do not employ authors or anyone who would be interested in stealing ideas. Our staff is largely retired agents, editors, copywriters and academics. In the unprecedented case in which an author feels as though their work was stolen by anyone on our staff, Illuminovel will back the author in question against the member of staff.
Use of Communication Services
We politely request that you treat each other with respect, refrain from using profanity, threatening each other, advertising anything non-literary in nature and bullying each other in our comment and discussion sections.
We also request that you not use our document upload feature to send us anything other than query letters, synopsis or partial manuscripts. Any file received that does not fit those restrictions will be immediately deleted and a refund will not be issued. If in the case of an accidental upload, feel free to contact us and we will review your issue on a case to case basis.
Materials Provided to Illuminovel
We directly reject claim to ownership –partial, contractual or otherwise– of any material submitted to us. You will always own all rights to your work while using Illuminovel. Submission to Illuminovel will not breach your first rights of publication.
On the other hand, submission to Illuminovel must be your own. By submitting to Illuminovel you are claiming that you own the rights to your submission. If you are interested in purchasing a review for a friend, you can purchase them a 100% off coupon for whichever service and they may use it. You may not submit their work for them.
Illuminovel also denies any obligation to provide representation to authors. Our services can be used in conjunction with submitting to agents (More about that here). But we as a consulting company are not designed to function as an agency. Association with our staff may lead to representation. However, we will not be directly involved with (or claim fees for) such a connection, if and when one does occur.
Please don’t sue us.
Ideally our business model is such that there would be no need to sue us. But just in case, this section is purely about not suing us.
If you have an issue with an independent review, you can contact our compliance department and we will have someone else review your work (on a case to case basis). If you are dissatisfied with your cumulative review, it is likely that your manuscript is not yet ready for publication and general reception indicated a shared opinion about that.
If you feel as if your work as been plagiarized by one of our staff:
Our staff are all independent contractors and have signed a contract that holds them legally liable for any accusations regarding plagiarism for document they read, as well as a legally binding NDA. We care deeply about your privacy and the protection of your work. Also, Illuminovel sides with authors over contracted staff if you’re interested in suing an individual who you feel has stolen your work.
If you feel as though you’ve been wronged, we have your back.
Illuminovel reserves the right to terminate your access to our website and services if you violate our Communication Services aspect of the Terms and Conditions. This section is about preventing current and future harassment. Please be nice to each other and this won’t happen to you.
Changes to Terms
We reserve the right to change our Terms and Conditions. If we feel like an aspect of our T&C is harming authors, or not protecting them effectively, we will strive to make it better. If you’re having any issues feel free to reach out and contact us so we can better provide you service.