9 thoughts on “A little off the top”

  1. Thanks for your com­ment, Martin. Nay, sir, my thought­ful­ness pales in com­par­is­on with the ori­gin­al art­icle. Hope the film is a suc­cess!

  2. Thanks, Roger. How’s it going with you? Six minutes of bat­tery life remain­ing in this pub, unfor­tu­nately. Will check out the sketch anon. Love Mitchell and Webb, par­tic­u­larly their smug web adverts…

  3. Interesting piece. I’m cur­rently get­ting close to fin­ish­ing pol­ish­ing my first nov­el and am pon­der­ing wheth­er to send it out to bricks and mor­tar pub­lish­ers, agents or do it myself.

    Lots to think about.

  4. pub­lish­ers only cough up on roy­al­ties once the publisher’s own out­lay has been recouped; this includes all sorts of little charges, includ­ing pub­li­city.”

    I’ve not heard of that before.

    Royalties are a fixed amount per book, and they’re pay­able as soon as cop­ies sold * roy­alty is great­er than the author’s advance. (Leaving aside amounts held back for returns, reduced roy­al­ties for cer­tain kinds of sales, sev­er­al books on the same con­tract and so on.)

    An an example, if an author gets a $5000 advance and roy­alty is (for the sake of round num­bers) $1 per book, after 5000 cop­ies have sold the author is entitled to roy­al­ties of $1 per copy on any fur­ther sales. No expenses are deduc­ted from this by the pub­lish­er.

    Obviously, if I’m wrong about this I’m keen to hear about it.

  5. I guess it’s an empir­ic­al point, Simon, and the more counter­examples the bet­ter. My con­tract with my first pub­lish­er cer­tainly included this, though that might be because the pub­li­city was quite lim­ited (prob­ably less than one-hun­dred quid, but that’s a large num­ber of cop­ies I’d need to shift). Also included were ARPs, I think. I’ve heard oth­er authors talk­ing about this and they’ve stated that their roy­al­ties kick in once the publisher’s costs (includ­ing vari­ous pub­li­city things) are recouped, not before. I’m more cer­tain of this prac­tice hap­pen­ing in the music industry. If it is lim­ited with regards the book industry, well, that would be great.

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