Our pricing structure is tailored so that we can offer your book with ALL ROYALTIES. We take NO royalty payments from you. As authors ourselves we passionately believe that ALL royalties should be that of the author. This is the most highly competitive offer in the publishing industry. We are a royalty-free company. Our volume discounts to trade and wholesalers are in line with our competitors. Some publishing companies can offer much lower discounts to trade and wholesalers who can purchase a greater number of your books at less cost to them. This is their drive to sell more of your books. However, this is offset by usually offering you only a 60/40 split in your favour of the royalties made on these purchases.
How does the author get paid?
“a simple but clear example”
The net sale amount is what is left after the print costs, the distributor’s margin and retailer’s margin have been deducted from the cover price (RRP). For example, if a cover price is £9.99, the trade discount is 40%, which gives a discount of £3.99. So the retailer buys the book for £6.00.
Typically if a standard book size is 5 x 8 with 254 pages, the net publishing cost could be £3.24* (1p per page and 70p for the cover – 254 + 70 = 324). *Actually it is more than this but we have simplified it as an example.
So the royalty payment is £6.00 minus £3.24 which is £2.76. This £2.76 is YOUR royalty payment and we take none of it. We only add 20% for administration/service costs per order and you pay any shipping cost.
If you as the author purchased the book at print cost then if a cover price is £9.99 you could buy your book for £3.24 ( based on a paperback book of 254 pages: 1p per page and 70p per cover).This means that a copy of your book bought directly from us will cost you £3.24 (excluding postage and packaging). If you then sell the book privately for the cover price of £9.99, you will have made a profit of approximately £6.75 per book.
If you have a published e-book that is already properly edited, proofread and formatted and which has a professional cover in 600 dpi quality, then we can publish it as a print on demand book with worldwide availability. This includes issuing an ISBN number, listing the book with all the major book retailers and submitting your book to the Copyrights Agency and Legal Deposit Libraries in the United Kingdom.
ALL e-books are priced at 25% of the retail price. Authors will receive all the royalties based on the net price of the eBook. The net price is dependent upon where the eBook is sold. All e-book royalties will be combined with royalties from the author’s printed book sales and included on the Royalty Statement.
Royalties and royalty payments FAQ
On what types of book sales do I earn royalties?
You will earn royalties on all books that are not purchased by yourself, or your co-author if you have one.
When are my royalties paid?
The Author will be paid royalties twice a year by cheque in pounds sterling. The Author will receive monthly statements of books sold on request.
Income Tax on royalties for Authors
Contact the society of authors for information on Quick Guide to Income Tax for UK Authors. Free to members, £2 per copy post free to non-members.
Do you provide me the names of customers who bought my book?
Industry practice, consumer privacy rules do not allow us to provide you with this information.
Do I earn royalties when I buy my own books?
No, all author purchases are royalty exclusive.
Is it true that you take none of my royalties?
Yes. Our pricing structure is tailored so that we can offer your book with ALL ROYALTIES. We take NO royalty payments from you. This is the most highly competitive offer in the publishing industry.