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When and How Do I Receive My Book Publishing Royalties?


What is a royalty?

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.

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How are my book royalties calculated?

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.

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How can I track my book royalties?

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.

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When will I receive my royalty check?

Below is the quarterly check processing schedule:

  • Sales from May, June and July will be paid in November.
  • Sales from August, September and October will be paid in February.
  • Sales from November, December and January will be paid in May.
  • Sales from February, March and April will be paid in August.

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How can Amazon.com and stores offer my book for a discount? Doesn't my book have a set retail price?

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.

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What is the retail price of my 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.

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What is the wholesale price of my book?

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.

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What is a W-9 and why do I have to fill one out to receive a check?

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.

Royalties Administrator
c/o Xulon Press
2301 Lucien Way
Suite 415
Maitland, FL 32751

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Can you let me know which specific bookstores purchased my book?

No. Distributors do not report specifically which bookstores or online retailers bought your book - just total sales when applicable.

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Do the publisher, bookstore and distributor make money from my book's sales in stores and online?

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.

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Why have I not received a royalty report and/or royalty check?

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.

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