Services - Advice for Writers

By: Steele Roberts  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Publishing

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 business overheads.

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

Keywords: Publishing

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