Book Royalties on Self-publishing Companies

Book Royalties

Self-published authors shell out money to publish a book. Considered as an investment for the fulfillment of a publishing dream, authors put money at risk. With this, it is not a guarantee that the money spent would mean profit or loss. Since, the authors risked money, then, it is realistically fair enough to give the whole income of the book sales to authors–book royalties.

In book publishing royalties, book costs along with a share of a third party (if any) are deducted to leave the author its clean share of royalties per book sold.

There are two sides of a card in publishing companies’ stand regarding book royalties.

The first side: Some self-publishing companies take nothing on book royalties, granting authors with a 100% book royalty.

How it works: These self-publishing companies charge the self-published authors for the costs associated with creating the book and the marketing tools and strategies made.

With this, the self-publishing company do not have a hold and a right to take royalties from the author’s book sales. It is fair enough for authors to take credit on the royalties due to the risk employed. Authors gain the 100% of net revenue from book sales. A sample computation on royalties with a 100% royalty: (A book with a 200-page paperback with a 5.5” X 8.5” trim size.)

$ 13.95 (retail price)
$ 3.90 (printing cost)
$ 1.50 (handling fee for the third party fulfillment fee)
$ 8. 55 (royalty amount by author per book sold)

The other side: Some self-publishing companies take some book royalties, allotting a percentage of royalties to authors.

How it works: These self-publishing companies have revenues per book sold. A percentage of royalties is cut-out leaving authors with less than a 100% book royalty. A sample on royalties with a 30% royalty for authors, and 70% on publishers: (A book with a 200-page paperback with a 5.5” X 8.5” trim size.)

$13.95 (retail price) $4.00 (royalty amount by author per book sold)
$3.90 (printing cost) $6.05 (net to publisher)
$10.05 ( divided by the royalty shares of the author and the publisher) $10.05

Aside from book costs and some publishers’ percentage on book royalties, there are third-party publishing costs. The 100% royalty of authors could still be lessened through engaging in some distribution packages, depending on authors. The following are the packages and the probable percentage fees taken from book royalties: Sales through author’s website with book fulfillment; Orders through Amazon and other online retailers (20-55%); and Orders through brick-and-mortar retailers (40 %).

Publishing companies vary in the matters of book royalties. The first side of the card laid, sure is ideal and enticing to many authors. Though, either of the sides, it is always best to have full knowledge throughout the journey of the book publishing. It wouldn’t hurt to ask publishing companies regarding the services offered. After all, it is the author’s right to inquire because they risk money into publishing. Know where the money goes and make sure every party is given its fair share.

Book royalties are the author’s fruit of labor added with persistence. There is no guarantee of riches in self-publishing. Publishing a book is a process and high book sales may not be instantaneous. However, the investment made has an opportunity cost. Authors take risk because getting a book publishing is a gain and a value will increase. It may happen sooner or later but with labor and persistence, authors will surely reap what is sown.


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