My non-fiction book was published by a UK small independent publisher, Woodfield Publishers, in 2002 - (http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d69_woodfield-publishing-latest-books.html ).
The contract stipulated that I would not receive any royalties until 200 copies were sold of the Print on Demand book. Since that time I have sent queries, every year or so, but they have always replied that since 200 copies have not yet been sold I am not due any royalties.
My contract stipulates, “The Author hereby grants to the Publishers, during the legal term of copyright, the exclusive right of producing and publishing and selling in volume form either as a whole or in part in all languages and in all countries.”
There is no mention in the contract of what "legal term of copyright" means - I am assuming they have tied me in to 50 years or so - am I correct?
A few years ago I asked permission from the publisher to cancel the contract as I had an American publisher interested in my book. Woodfield refused unless they were offered a 'substantial sum' by the new publisher. Surely, after 10 years without any remuneration, I should be entitled to leave these contractual obligations. Does anyone agree or am I stuck for life?
Do any authors have similar experiences with this publisher and/or can advise if I am legally correct in telling them I wish to cancel the contract.