• Guest please check The Index before starting a thread.

"sales price" mean net or cover price?

Editing for authors: because every writer needs a good editor.


"sales price" mean net or cover price?

Hi James and Victoria,
If you're not still ticked at me, hi and merry Christmas. I do have question. I can't seem to get a straight answer at WN. Anyway, does "8% of sales price" mean "8% of net" or "8% of customer's price"? Would I get 8% of the price paid by the bookstore, or 8% of the price paid by the customer?

James D Macdonald

Re: "sales price" mean net or cover price?

"8% of sales price" is a tricky way of saying "8% of net."

Your standard contract should specify either "cover price" or "list price."

That is to say, regardless of what the customer pays, you get a percentage of the full price of the book.

(Oh-- and I'm not ticked at you, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.)


Re: "sales price" mean net or cover price?

Yeah, "sales price" is "net". Your publisher may not want you to realize this, hence the confusing terminology.

Depending on your contract, "sales" price or net may be further reduced by various publisher expenses--sometimes not specified, so you don't know what they are. If this is the case, it's anyone's guess what your actual royalty might be.

- Victoria


Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Super Moderator
Super Member
Feb 12, 2005
Reaction score
Coastal Desert
Royalties paid on net vs gross

For those who fret about books in the discount bin: if the author's being paid on gross, it doesn't mean a thing (royalty-wise, at least). Authors who get paid on net, however....

Happy Thanksgiving

Autumn image for Thanksgiving