Traditional Royalty Guidelines


The traditional royalties include:

Adult Trade - Hardcover

 

  • A basic royalty of 10 percent of suggested retail price on the first 5,000 copies sold,
  • 12 1/2 percent on the next 5,000 copies, and
  • 15 percent on all copies sold in excess of 10,000.

 

Children’s - Hardcover

 

  • A basic royalty starting at 10 percent
  • Can escalating to 15 percent after an agreed-upon number of copies are sold.

 

Quality Paperback

 

(when the hardcover edition is published by us or as a paperback original)

  • A royalty of 6 percent of retail price on the first 10,000 copies (or the first print run if it is less than 10,000 copies)
  • An increase to 7 1/2 percent for copies sold in excess of 10,000.


Mass Market Paperback


(when the hardcover edition is published by us or as a paperback original),

  • A royalty of 6 percent of retail price on the first 150,000 copies sold with an increase to 8 percent there after.

Professional, Scientific, or Technical books,

 

  • A royalty based on 15% of net price will be established.
  • For hardcover textbooks, the royalty is 18 percent after 7,500 or 10,000 books have been sold Higher thereafter as negotiated.

 

Textbooks which originate in Paperback,

 

  • The royalty will be in the range of 10 to 15 percent of net price.

 

Sales causing reduced royalties may include:

 

  • Sales at a higher than normal discount to wholesalers or retailers. Such discounts are due to purchasing large quantities of books. 
  • Sales by mail order or direct response advertising.
  • Sales on small reprintings, such as 1,000 copies or less
  • Sales for export, to reading circles, to book clubs, and to organizations
  • Sales as a remainder (when excess inventory is liquidated), if at a discount of 70 percent or more,
  • Finally, promotional copies, author’s copies, and copies which are destroyed are royalty free.

View our Standard Book Publishing Agreement