Royalty FAQ

How is the price of my book determined?

We shall provide a proposed retail price for the sales of your work in the distribution channel. However, if you purchase the option to set your own price, if offered, or if we otherwise permit you to set your own price, the retail price we suggest will be a proposed price for your work, and you will be responsible for accepting our suggested retail price or setting a different retail price for each format of the work, as long as the final retail price is within the limitation that we have set.

How does AuthorHouse calculate Royalty payments?

Please note that Royalties are paid to you on all sales of your Work EXCEPT: (a) sales of used copies of the Work; (b) sales of the Work to yourself; and (c) copies of the Work given to any person or entity (e.g. the media) free of charge.

AuthorHouse gives authors a royalty rate of ten percent (10%) through our distribution channels for print formats. Royalties are based on the payments we actually receive from the sale of printed copies of your book, less any shipping and handling charges or sales and use taxes. Also, we offer discounts to retail and wholesale customers, so the royalty amount you receive depends on what type of customer (i.e. retail or wholesale) bought your book and any discount they received. For each royalty-qualifying sale in print format through our website bookstores, you will receive twenty-five percent (25%) of the retail price.

For audio formats, you will receive one hundred percent (100%) of the difference of the Suggested Retail Price less the discounts (deductions) taken by any distribution channel for each sale of the individual Work. These deductions include promotional discounts, distribution discounts, and sales discounts.

You should be aware that the largest retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon and most Borders stores, place orders for AuthorHouse titles through Ingram; those orders will appear as wholesale sales on your royalty statement.

Here's an example of a common sales transaction of a printed book:

  • The retail price (list price) for your paperback book is £15.95.
  • Your AuthorHouse royalty rate for retail transactions is 10 percent.
  • A retailer, such as Amazon, places an order for your book through Ingram Book Company, a wholesaler.
  • Ingram then resells the book to the retailer.

Your royalty on this retail sale is calculated as follows:

Paperback list price
Royalty %
Royalty Earned

If your book is sold directly through the AuthorHouse online bookstore, you receive a higher royalty amount twenty-five percent (25%). Your royalty on this sale directly through the AuthorHouse online bookstore is calculated as follows:

Paperback list price
Royalty %
Royalty Earned
AuthorHouse Website

For each royalty-qualifying sale of your work in digital format (e-book), you will receive 50% of the digital net, less any returns. The digital net equals the retail price less promotional discounts, distribution discounts, and sales taxes.

Can I change the price of my book later?

After the Retail Price is set, we reserve the exclusive right to modify the retail price of the work, should production costs change or market conditions warrant. You must approve such retail price change prior to it taking effect. If you do not approve the retail price change or we cannot contact you to obtain approval for the retail price change, all or certain formats of the work will be removed from distribution.

How am I paid for my royalties?

Royalties are calculated each calendar quarter, and payments are processed per the following schedule: first quarter (for sales January through March) payment by 31 May, second quarter (for sales April through June) payment by 31 August, third quarter (for sales July through September) payment by 30 November, and fourth quarter (for sales October through December) payment by 28 February of the subsequent year. The timing of actual receipt of the payment by the author may occur after these issuance dates, due to a variety of factors.

If Your quarterly determination of Author Royalties in any calendar year exceeds fifty (£50) GBP, the payment shall be issued to You according to the schedule above. If the quarterly royalties due are equal to or less than fifty (£50) GBP, the quarterly Royalty amount will be carried forward and added to the subsequent quarterly Royalty amount due (the 'Cumulative Author Royalties'). Until the Cumulative Author Royalties exceed fifty (£50) GBP, each quarterly Author Royalties will be carried forward and added to the Cumulative Author Royalties. Cumulative Author Royalties at the end of a calendar year will be issued to You by February 28. Any Author Royalties You are entitled to will be reduced by any outstanding amounts You owe to Us and/or are subject to garnishment.

What payment form will I receive my royalties in?

Total sales of the work and royalties are calculated on a calendar quarter basis. Royalties due will be paid within ninety (90) days after the end of each calendar quarter. Payment of royalties can be made only via electronic funds transfer (EFT) to a United Kingdom bank account. We may accrue and withhold payment until the total amount of royalties earned equals or exceeds fifty GBP (£50). All held royalties will be paid in full within ninety (90) days after the end of each calendar year.

Will I be paid a royalty even if I live outside of the United Kingdom?

Payment of royalties can be made only via electronic funds transfer (EFT) to a United Kingdom bank account.

Will AuthorHouse send me a 1099 to report additional income from royalty payments?

If you earned 10.00 USD or more in royalties within a fiscal year, we will automatically send you a 1099 statement. The 1099 reports your additional income in royalties during the first, second and third quarter of the current year and the fourth quarter of the previous year. It is the form you need to use to report taxes showing additional earning or contractual work. (If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will receive a 1042, very similar to the 1099.)

If you have questions regarding reporting taxes, please contact your tax professional.

How much do I make from the sale of each copy?
You can review your royalty amounts using the Reports section of the Author Centre. Just click on the title of your book and a .pdf document displaying the prices and royalty amounts for all ISBNs of that title will be generated.

Will I be able to see who ordered my book?
Unfortunately, due to privacy reasons, we cannot share this information. On your royalty statement, you will see how many of your books were sold through the retail channel and how many were sold through AuthorHouse.

What do I do if there is an error on my statement?
When reviewing your quarterly statement, please keep in mind the royalty schedule. If an order was placed in July, you will not see that sale on your 2nd quarter report. If you know of a sale placed in a given quarter that you were not paid for, please contact our Author Assistance Team at We will investigate the claim and have a result within 7-10 business days.

Why does it take so long for AuthorHouse to post sales from Ingram or other retail bookstores?
All companies have a month-end close process to collect and validate financial information, and AuthorHouse is no exception. At the close of each month, AuthorHouse must collect sales and printing information from each of our business partners. We reconcile book orders and book sales with printing information to ensure that every single copy that is printed is accounted for. Then, we consolidate sales from many different sources into a single monthly statement for each author.
The process of collecting, consolidating, closing and posting sales information from our partners can take more than four weeks. It is important to remember that the sales statements are not final, however, because information posts to them as it is received. This process may take time, but we think it is essential to provide you with information that is 100 percent accurate and to account for each and every sale.
Although we strive to post sales statements as quickly as possible, four times per year it takes us six weeks to post statements due to our royalty payout schedule. During these quarterly payment periods, our staff is busy preparing quarterly statements and arranging individual royalty payments.

A bookstore ordered copies of my book at the end of last month, but those sales aren't appearing on my monthly statement. Why?
There are two reasons this might occur. First, like many publishers, AuthorHouse records a sale and pays royalties only after books are physically shipped. We may have an order in process at the end of a month, but if the books haven't shipped that month, then the sale will not be recorded until the following month.
What's more likely, however, is that the bookstore ordered either through the largest wholesaler, Ingram Book Company, or directly through its printing arm, Lightning Source, Inc. (LSI). Ingram and LSI are on a 4/4/5 accounting cycle. This means that they operate on a four-week, four-week, five-week financial calendar rather than a monthly calendar. The financial month-end close always occurs on a Friday and therefore is not always at the calendar end of the month. LSI reports monthly sales to AuthorHouse according to the Ingram financial calendar, and AuthorHouse in turn reports those sales to authors in the sales statement. Any sales in a calendar month that occur after the financial month end will not appear on your statement until the following calendar month.

How long does it take for a sale to be listed in my online 'Sales Activity Report'?
The information in the 'Sales Report' is updated throughout the quarter to give you an idea of how and where your book is selling. We deliver sales information to you as soon as we can, however this data cannot be updated in real time and may not reflect finalized information.

The time it takes a sale to be listed in your sales report is determined by the type of sale:

Sale type

Time until listed

AuthorHouse Bookstore

72 hours

Consumer sales (i.e., call-in purchases through AuthorHouse)

72 hours

Retail sales (e.g.,

Four weeks or more

Please note: External retailers — Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. — operate under their own schedules, and AuthorHouse cannot control the frequency with which they report sales information.

Why is the online bookseller (or retailer) selling some of my books as “Used” even just days after my book was published?
Online booksellers (or retailers) have a practice whereby they may classify books as “used” and sell them at a discount even if those books have never been purchased or printed. We understand that this practice can be misleading. Online booksellers may start showing “used” copies of your book even just days after your book comes to market. It does not mean that these books have been purchased or printed. This practice by online booksellers may lead authors to have an inaccurate estimation of the sales of their book. If a new book is printed, the author will be compensated accordingly.

The online bookseller (or retailer) shows that it has several copies of my book in stock. Doesn’t this mean that they have purchased it, and that therefore I should receive royalties?
No. This is known as a “virtual stock” policy. All copies of your book that are ordered by customers are through Print-on-Demand or filled through offset printing when this is applicable (generally for very large orders). An online bookseller’s (or retailer’s) policy of having “virtual stock” does not mean that your book has been purchased. It is a marketing tactic used by the online bookseller (or retailer) to generate purchases and show inventory.