Writers write because they love to write, right? But authors publish because they want to get paid for their writing!
Nothing’s more frustrating to a new author than knowing you made some sales, but you didn’t get paid for them at the end of the month. How dare they withhold your royalties! You know you made some sales...they must be cheating!
Sadly, this does happen. Some publishers do run into financial difficulties, and
don’t report or pay out the royalties their authors are owed. But this is rare, and
The simple fact is that royalty payments should be a simple matter to calculate...but they’re not. Why? Because every website takes a different royalty percentage, and pays on a different schedule. Keeping track of all those sales figures can be a nightmare!
To help you understand when you can expect your royalties to be paid, let’s take a look at the primary websites in our affiliate network: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, Fiction4All, Book Oasis / Timeless Erotica / Carnal Pleasures / Carnaltopia, PublishDrive, Smashwords, Stealth, and Excitica.
Smashwords, PublishDrive, and Stealth all submit to multiple sites such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, Flipkart, Kobo, and Scribd, just to mention a few. Because of this, payments from these sites are delayed because they’re waiting to get paid from each of their affiliates; they can’t pay us until they’re paid, and we can’t pay you until we’re paid. Even sites like Fiction4All and Google pay 30 days after the month’s end…for the same reason.
It sounds like a shell game, and many times it feels like one; but a shell game won’t give you precise times when each player pays out. We will.
Amazon is infamous for allowing readers to refund books even if they’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed them. Because of this, they don’t pay out until 60 days after month’s end...so if you make sales in April, you won’t see royalties until at least the end of June, and it could be longer if you don’t meet their minimum number of sales for the month.
To make things worse, their royalty structure is draconian: if your book is priced between $2.99 and $9.99, they will graciously pay you 70% of your book’s retail price. However, if your book is priced lower than $2.99 or higher than $9.99, they take a whopping 65%, leaving you only a 35% royalty for your hard work.
Note: Books submitted to Japan, Brazil, Mexico, and India will only pay out 35% royalties,
even if they fall within the ”premium” $2.99 -
Apple doesn’t allow as many chargebacks, but they also hold payment for 60 days.
Since they only accept submissions through e-
Although they are one of the most decent and honest big publishers, their royalty
rates vary dramatically depending on whether you submit directly to them, or whether
you submit through a wholesale site like Smashwords. Our recommendation is to submit
through Smashwords, as they pay 60% on anything over 99 cents, as opposed to submitting
directly where they pay 65% on all books priced $2.99 -
Barnes & Noble
Just when you thought it was starting to make sense, Google throws a wrench into the works.
Their big claim to fame is that they undercut everyone else by approximately 22%.
The nightmare scenario is that if Amazon sees a book priced lower on any other website,
they will price-
On top of this, Google only pays 52% royalties to its authors. Fortunately they pay 52% on the initial $2.99, not $2.35. But it’s still a huge whopping chunk.
There’s a way around this: If you raise the price just on Google by 33%, and they automatically reduce it by 22%, the final price comes out to almost exactly the same price you used everywhere else. That means Amazon won’t reduce their price, so you still get the full royalty amount from them...and to really sweeten the deal, Google pays you 52% on the increased price...making your final royalty about 70% rather than 52%.
Who says you can’t beat ’em at their own game?
PublishDrive is a new publisher based in Hungary. Until recently their focus was
on educational books; however, recently they threw open their doors to all legal
genres, including explicit erotica and taboo topics. Their sites include the brand-
This site may be small compared to mega-
These four sites are lumped together because they are all owned by Boruma Publishing
partners. This gives you an unparalleled advantage: since they are under our personal
control, they pay out immediately after month’s end, usually within 1 -
Book Oasis, Carnal Pleasures, Carnaltopia, and Timeless Erotica
Again, just when you thought things were making sense, Smashwords has to be…different.
Whereas other sites pay a percentage-
If this is giving you a headache, don’t feel bad...it gives us a headache, too, and we’ve been dealing with it for years!
In response to pressure from authors, other publishers, and the industry-
This affiliate publisher services 70+ large and small international websites. Since each website has its own royalty rate, we will not try to detail them all here. Rates are comparable to most U.S. publishing companies, though the foreign exchange rates can skew these figures somewhat. They pay out on a monthly basis, 60 days after month’s end, like most “aggregate” publishers.
This site accepts all taboo topics…but hands down, Excitica has the absolute worst payout in the industry. Instead of paying authors 30 or 60 days after the month's end, they only pay on a quarterly basis. They also take a 40% royalty, which makes them one of the worst independent sites around.
Boruma Publishing will submit to any or all of these sites, and more besides, at your request. For this, we charge a mere 15% royalty rate for all book sales, to cover hosting and credit card processing fees. (This 15% rate is already figured into Book Oasis, Carnal Pleasures, Carnaltopia, and Timeless Erotica’s 25% rate, making them the most lucrative websites in our affiliate network.) There are no hidden fees, no underhanded “gotchas.” What you see is what you get.
So where does Boruma Publishing figure into all of this?
And what, exactly, are you getting?
Competing publishers have accused us of being “too good to be true,” and tried to cast doubts on our honesty and reputation. Such accusations only make them look bad, because our record speaks for itself. If anyone tries to tell you our services and rates are “too good to be true,” just ask our authors what their experience has been. We’re proud of our great reputation, and will work hard to live up to your expectations!
Are we “too good to be true”?