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Friday, April 17, 2009

Show Me The Money 2008

It's that time of year--the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining (in between snow storms) and tax day has passed. What could be a more perfect time to report author-earnings?

In the past I have done this according to payment schedules (go HERE and HERE to read previous blogs on this topic), and then realized it would make a lot more sense to report an entire year's worth of royalties, payments, or advances. Since publishers have all kinds of payment schedules, this will help equalize the numbers. The year to report on is 2008.

So, here's what you do. Post to this blog ANONYMOUSLY and tell us the following information:

Type of publication: (traditional or self-published)

# of books you were paid on: (how many books are still selling)

Market: (LDS, National, Christian--you can be more specific if you want to such as National YA, National inspirational--up to you)

Total monies earned:

Type of payment: (how much royalty, how much advance, sell of rights, purchases etc. did you earn in 2008)

You're welcome to include any other comments as well, and feel free to click on the box that will send you any other postings to this blog so you can follow the responses without having to come back here.

Thanks for playing!


L.T. Elliot said...

Wish I could play but not yet. Not yet. =]

Anonymous said...

LDS publisher, second check for royalties on a first book.

Joyce DiPastena said...

I won't get my first royalties until October.

Anonymous said...

LDS publisher 5,400 on two books, one recently released.

RobisonWells said...


I have three books in the LDS market, but the last one came out in 2006 and I haven't been promoting for the past two years.

Anonymous said...

My books are published with a traditional publisher in the LDS market. The last two royalty checks (a year's worth) totaled about $14300 which included two relatively new releases and residuals on three earlier novels.

Anonymous said...

Traditional publisher in the LDS market. Total royalties for 2008 were $2000--but I was overpaid in 2007 by about $4000.00 so 2008 reflected the correction. Payment was on two titles--no 2008 releases.

Anonymous said...

Traditional LDS market publisher for multiple titles that are a few years old: $900

ali cross said...

This is always so interesting. Though, like Lex, I can't officially 'play' yet. But I do like reading!

Proof that we aren't in this for the money, right?

Heather Justesen said...

Yeah, not going to make a mint in this market, Ali, but hey, these numbers aren't too incredibly, amazingly horrible--I would love to get $5,000 total for my first book (in a year, not in it's lifetime!)

Except you, Rob. A man with an MBA still only made $4.15 in a year? What did you do? Move across the country and ignore your huge, gigantic fan base? =) Didn't they teach you anything about marketing or publicity?

I'm still a full year away from my first royalty check, but I'm looking forward to it. If I'm lucky, it might even cover a couple months of feed for my chickens. =)

hi, it's me! melissa c said...

This is always interesting to me. Hopefully I'll be getting those checks. Or I guess I could say that I won't stop until I do! =)

Diony said...

Thanks Josi for this eye-opening information!

Lu Ann Brobst Staheli said...

I get my first royalties in July.

Grandma 'D' said...

I seriously cannot wait for English Trifle to come out!!!! You are an awesomly (is that a word?) talented writer Josi. Thanks for sharing your gift with all of us.