What sort of royalties do you offer to your writers?
As a twenty-first century small press, we want to offer options to writers (and to readers). We are not locked into a standard royalty model, as most legacy publishers are. Instead, we offer royalties (the percentage of gross sales that we pay our authors) that vary depending on the book.
The standard royalty is 20% of gross sales (after discounts have been applied, in the case of Amazon and wholesale trade), but we also offer 50% and 100% royalty brackets for authors who are willing to share the risk of publishing their books with us. The royalty rate is written into the contract and does not change over time.
In the digital age, preparing a manuscript for publication is the most expensive part of publishing. We have to edit your manuscript, create a catchy book cover for it, design a layout for the book, write copy to promote the book, and put it all together in such a way that it will look the same regardless of the form it assumes for distribution (printed matter or electronic). This process is time consuming and requires talented, skilled personnel who love what they do and are heavily invested in the craft of bookmaking.
Publishing a book of any kind is an indulgence of risk, and if an author is willing to share in that risk financially, then we can offer a much higher royalty upon publication. This doesn’t mean that anyone can pay us to publish a book; we’re not a vanity press or a self-publishing service, and we will only publish books that have something valuable to say or which have an important story to tell, a story that is also well told.