A royalty is like a commission on the sales of your book. It's paid to you for each copy of your book that is sold to bookstores, libraries, and on the internet, and through our toll-free order service number. You are paid a percentage of each book sale, based on the amount Xulon receives for each sale, minus printing costs.
Xulon Press is one of few publishers who pay 100% on 3rd Party Retail book purchases. We keep nothing and give it all back to you! Visit our Royalty Rates page to learn more about how your book royalties are calculated.
We post royalty transaction details monthly for our authors via their Author Center and process royalty statements and check payments quarterly on February, May, August and November. Book sales transactions are typically reported to us 60 days after the sale date. The data in these reports are surveyed and audited regularly to ensure accuracy. We do not currently offer real-time tracking of book sales or royalties.
Below is the quarterly check processing schedule:
Your book has a set retail price based on your book's final page count. We sell your book on your behalf at that retail price. But retailers (bookstores) and websites that sell your book, buy the books at a wholesale discount, and can discount your book.
Once you approve your final galley and know your book's final page count, you can verify your book's retail price. For more information, visit our current retail pricing page.
It can range from 40% to 60% of the retail price of your book, but you can use 55% as an average. So if your book has a retail price of $12.99, the wholesale selling price will be, on average, $5.85. Remember, your royalty is paid on the wholesale price.
You are required by law to fill out a W-9 for royalty payment earnings. We cannot process your check until we have this document on file for you. If you'd like us to pay your royalties for the sales of your book, you MUST complete a W-9 or W8-BEN and mail it to our Royalties Administrator.
If you are a United States author, please download your W-9 tax form from the IRS website.
If you are an International author, please download your W8-BEN tax form from the IRS website.
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No. Distributors do not report specifically which bookstores or online retailers bought your book - just total sales when applicable.
Yes, the distributor, store or website, and the publisher do make money from each book sold - just as is the case throughout the book publishing industry. But with Xulon Press, you can make a lot more off each book sold than authors for traditional publishers do.
The top reason an author does not receive a royalty report or royalty check is that they have not kept Xulon Press updated on mailing address, email address, or other contact information. Contact your Author Services Representative any time you change your email address, phone number and/or mailing address.