Ereads.com reports “New language in the termination provision of the Harper’s boilerplate gives them the right to cancel a contract if “Author’s conduct evidences a lack of due regard for public conventions and morals, or if Author commits a crime or any other act that will tend to bring Author into serious contempt, and such behavior would materially damage the Work’s reputation or sales.” The consequences? Harper can terminate your book deal. Not only that, you’ll have to repay your advance. Harper may also avail itself of “other legal remedies” against you.”
I actually have a morals clause in one of my contracts. So far I haven’t violated it, knock on wood. I will say it made me a tad nervous to sign it, even though I am probably one of the more straight-laced people you will ever meet.