Why is my royalty share of the sales price so small?

It takes many steps until a printed book finds its way to its reader. Several parties are part of this process and their work must be paid for:

  • print shops (printing, dispatch to distribution centers)
  • distribution centers (shipping, storing, handling)
  • retail (delivery to bookshops, sale to consumers)
  • publishers (publication, listing, marketing, distribution)

Retail alone keeps approx. 50% of the sales price as profit. The balance has to cover the payments to all other partners and the royalty. If you wish to receive a higher royalty, the retail price of your book has to be increased as well. You can calculate your royalty based on any price with the help of our calculator.