If we accept your book for publishing
we will need to negotiate a contract. This includes
the amount of royalty we will pay you as author.
The standard royalty in New Zealand is
10% of retail sales.
This recognises the economics of publishing.
Take for example a book which retails for $20. The retailer's
margin is at least 40% or $8. Distribution and marketing
costs around $3. The author's royalty at 10% is $2.
GST is around $1. This leaves the publisher about $5
from which must be deducted printing costs, time for
editing, designing and typesetting the book and general
Publishing and marketing a book takes
many months, during which we aim to develop a partnership
between the author, illustrator and others involved
in the project.
The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011