After I edited my book and sent it in, I came on the forums and found this thread. I immediately emailed PA after <another PA author> graciously helped me revise my back cover summary. No answer. I emailed again. No answer. Received my book cover with 48 hour approval deadline - asked them if I could have the revision replace the miserable summary I had written. They emailed back that it would cost $99 and would have to go back to cover design. ...big sigh... what could I do? I said okay and am waiting to hear from them now. Oh well - lesson learned - try your summary out on the people in these forums and get it right the first time.
Well it says on the statements that any books sodl from PA directly will be on one statement and any books sold by other places will appear on another following statement.
$99 for revising the back cover, $49 for making corrections to the proof copy, what's next? PA will print your book for free (you'll pay in the end, but that's another story), but if you want any changes at all, you have to pay for them now? That's not posted anywhere on PA's website. I wonder if this is spelled out in the contract now.
Merri, I read that as they were withholding royalties against bookstore returns. Obviously this would make more sense if PA actually placed books into brick and mortar stores and accepted returns. But in theory, it could happen, and if they've really sold a million books through bookstores, then they might have had someone try to return some, and they may have even accepted them.
I recieved my check today and I will be honest, I was furious, because my check was extremely small and the # of copies sold I thought was unrealistic. I have literally recieved over 25 to 30 books via mail to sign for just family and friends across the United States.
The number of sales was a complete mix-up, but it seems as I scoll through all of your inquiries that Amazon and Barns and Noble haven't paid yet?
I am confused. Can anyone shed some light on this?
I know most of my sales have come through Amazon, and even local schools have ordered enough books for in school reading in class.
I guess I expected much different. I am in hopes that there is some one out there that has been with PA for a while and are able to answer my questions.
After I edited my book and sent it in, I came on the message boards and received advice about writing a better back cover synopsis. I immediately emailed PA asking if I could send them the revised one, no answer, wrote again. Then I waited until they sent me the cover (which I really liked) and told them it was great - except I wanted the corrected synopsis. Well, I can do it for $99 and it will be revised in cover design. What could I do? I will pay the $99. Good luck to all of you!!
I have spent a great many years on this forum.
I made many Friends and spent most of the time sharing idea's and helping others. I hope I encouraged many new authors to keep writing.
I also hoped to sell my book to fellow authors as well as to buy theirs.
I invested a lot of time and spent many dollars buying books that were a genre I knew I would enjoy and most were a good investment for me.
However in reviewing my sales of my book published with PA
<Book Title> I see that not a single copy has been purchased of my book.
I have given many away, and bought some on my own, but I feel somewhat let down, by the friends I made and this forum. So at this time, I must say, somewhat sadly, Good bye, and thanks for the memories.
Here's the link:Well, this one is doomed. But how poignant!
Poor lady, even if someone did purchase her book, that's no guarantee that it would make it to the royalty statement.
I'd go with the $4.95 if you think that would be worth it. Otherwise, $9.95. This is your creation that other people are enjoying.
On the 28 or 29 of August, I received an e-mail from PA saying that <title> had sold only six copies, giving me a royaltie total of $7.00 or, thereabouts so, I would not be receiving a royaltie check. Ok fine. The book's official release date was August 6, so it really hadn't had time to do much.
I am working on a third book at the moment, and had thought that I would stick with PA but, am beginning to wonder if it's a good idea.
One more thing, dont be nieve to think that everyone who hears about your book will purchase a copy.