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Will I make money when my book is bought directly from Partridge India?

Yes. You will earn a royalty amount when your book is bought directly from Partridge India as well as through other online retailers.

Please note that when you order your book through us and receive your author discounted price, you will not receive royalty for those books. Read the full FAQ about this below.

How is the price of my book determined?

We will provide a proposed retail price for the sales of your work in the distribution channel. The retail price we suggest is a proposed price, and you are responsible for accepting our suggested retail price or setting a different retail price for each format of your work, as long as the final retail price is within the threshold we have set.

What is “distribution cost” in Partridge Publishing?

Distribution cost is calculated by the costs involved in offering your book for purchase through various channels. These costs include maintaining a spot for your book on a Web site, keeping information current, order fulfilment, customer support and any other processes to ensure that your book is available to readers.

How does Partridge India calculate royalty payments?

Partridge India gives authors a royalty rate of 10% through our distribution channels for print and audio formats. Royalties are based on the payments we actually receive from the sale of printed or audio copies of your book, less any shipping and handling charges or sales and use taxes. Also, we offer discounts to retail and wholesale customers, so the royalty amount you receive depends on what type of customer bought your book and any discount they received. For each royalty-qualifying sale in a print or audio format from our Book Sales Team, you will receive 25% of the retail price.

You should be aware that the largest retailers, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon, place orders for Partridge India titles from the wholesaler; those orders will appear as wholesale sales on your royalty statement.

Here's an example of a common sales transaction of a printed book:  

  • Paperback has an approved book price of 850.
  • Wholesaler distributes your book to its network of online retailers.
  • A book buyer places an order of your book through an online retailer.
  • Online retailer orders the book from the wholesaler.
  • Order is processed and fulfilled.
  • Online retailer includes this transaction in a sales report sent to Partridge.
  • Royalty rate for this transaction is pegged at 10%.

Your royalty on this retail sale is calculated as follows:  

Source   Paperback list price   Royalty %   Royalty Earned  
Online Retailer 850 10% 85

If your book is sold directly through the Book Sales Team, you receive a higher royalty amount. Your royalty on this sale directly through the Book Sales Team is calculated as follows:  

Source   Paperback list price   Royalty %   Royalty Earned  
Partridge website 850 25% 212.50

For each royalty-qualifying sale of your work in digital format (eBook), you will receive 50% of the digital net, less any returns. The digital net equals the retail price less promotional discounts, distribution discounts, and sales taxes.

What is the author’s royalty percentage?

The author receives 50% of the digital net payments received from sales of the eBook. Royalties will not be paid on copies provided free of charge or sold to the author. You will always receive 50% of the digital net sale when sold. Therefore, if it’s sold on partridgepublishing.com/india at 500, you will receive 250. If sold in the retail channel at 500, the channel discount (varies by partner) will be deducted from the gross price and you will receive 50% of the net price.

Can I change the price of my book later?

After the Retail Price is set, we reserve the exclusive right to modify the retail price of the work, should production costs change or market conditions warrant. You must approve such retail price change prior to it taking effect. If you do not approve the retail price change or we cannot contact you to obtain approval for the retail price change, all or certain formats of the work will be removed from distribution.

When am I paid royalties? When do quarters start and end?

We pay royalties on a quarterly basis:

First Quarter: 1 January to 31 March (cheques are mailed in May)
Second Quarter: 1 April to 30 June(cheques mailed in August)
Third Quarter: 1 July to 30 September (cheques mailed in November)
Fourth Quarter: 1 October to 31 December (cheques mailed in February)
 

You are paid for the books sold and shipped in the given time frame. If a book was purchased online on 30 March, but the book was not actually printed and shipped until 2 April, then you would be paid in the second quarter, not the first, since the book wasn’t shipped until the second quarter.

You will only be paid once for the original book sale. For instance, if a book is resold in any kind of second-hand store, you will not earn a royalty on the purchase. Also, you earn a royalty when a retailer purchases your printed book for their store, but not when a consumer actually purchases your book off the shelf.

Can my royalty cheque be split between a co-author and myself?

No, we currently do not offer the option to split the royalty payment between individuals. This is due to tax restrictions. You can, of course, do whatever you wish with the royalty payments once you receive them, but it will be up to you to split any payments with co-authors.

Can I arrange for someone else to receive my royalty payments?

Yes you can, but only if you transfer to that person the entire rights of your agreement with Partridge India. They will also hold the copyright for the book, but not the content of the book or your manuscript. If you would like to arrange this, please contact your publishing consultant.

What is the difference between a channel or retail sale and a Partridge India sale?

If you purchased an ISBN and channel distribution, there are two different kinds of sales (if you have the distribution only through the Book Sales Team, which is free, then retail sales do not apply to you.) When a book is sold through our website, it is considered an Partridge India sale. A retail, or channel sale, is when the book is sold through any retailer other than Partridge India (like Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble). The selling price must be the same for both Partridge India and retail sales, but the royalty amount you’ll earn will depend on the type of sale.

Am I paid royalty on books I purchase?

It depends on how you place the order. If you place an order through Live or Partridge India e-mail you’ll receive your author discount, then no, you will not receive a royalty payment for that order. This is because you receive the "royalty" as a discount up front. However, if you order directly through our Web site or a retailer and pay full price, then yes, you will receive a royalty payment for that purchase.

I've noticed my book being sold as "used" on Web sites but I have not received payment; why haven't I been paid?

Often, retailers list books on their Web sites and advertise that they have "new and used" copies of books. Retailers use this as a marketing tool to entice the consumer by frequently offering a small discount on the used version. This does not necessarily mean that they have an actual copy of your book on hand, which is most likely the case if you have not been paid a royalty for the book sale. If any books are sold to a retailer, you will earn the retail royalty amount which was agreed upon.

If a retailer or third party actually is selling a used copy of the book, you would have already been paid in the past for the original sale.

Why is my book listed at a different price on certain sites?

When you publish with Partridge India, your book is circulated to various retail channels through Ingram, our distributor. Retailers can list the selling price of your book at whatever price they wish, although most follow the suggested retail price which you select. However, some retailers may choose to list the book higher or lower than the suggested retail price, which is completely within their rights. Regardless of what a retailer sells your book for, you will always receive the retail royalty amount agreed to during the production of your book.

How do I know that I am being paid fairly for my book sales?

You will be provided with a royalty statement showing book sales and royalty payment details each quarter. The statements are compiled and cross-examined by multiple parties to ensure an accurate record of royalty payments.

Both our printer and distributor employ independent auditing firms to verify the book sales data. Additionally, a globally recognised accounting firm conducts yearly audits of our finances to ensure accuracy. But, if you feel there has been an error in your royalty payment report, you can contact your publishing assistant to look in the matter more thoroughly.

How can I track my book sales?

Book sales are reported on the quarterly statements distributed with royalty cheques. Currently, we cannot track book sales mid-quarter.

I do not have a Social Security number because I am not a U.S. Citizen. What now?

Even if you live outside of the United States, you will still earn a royalty just as our American authors do, but we are required to withhold 30% of your royalty earnings. This percentage will be withheld unless you apply for a foreign tax number by submitting a W-8BEN. With a foreign tax ID, we're no longer required to withhold taxes. Any money that was previously collected can be reclaimed with your taxes at the end of the year, but we cannot repay it.

For more information, or to download a W-8BEN, visit www.irs.gov  

Minimum Threshold for Payments

If your quarterly determination of royalties in any calendar year exceeds five thousand two hundred and fifty INR (5,250), the payment shall be issued according to the quarterly payment schedule. If the quarterly royalties due are equal to or less than five thousand two hundred and fifty INR (5,250), the quarterly royalty amount will be carried forward and added to the subsequent quarterly royalty amount due. Until cumulative author royalties exceed five thousand two hundred and fifty INR (5,250), each quarterly author royalties will be carried forward and added to the cumulative author royalties. Cumulative author royalties at the end of a calendar year will be issued by 28 February.

IRS Tax Form for Non-US Citizens

To comply with U.S. tax withholding and reporting requirements, we require a valid IRS Form from our authors. Where there is no IRS Form received by our offices identifying your Taxpayer Identification Number or Social Security Number, we are required to withhold 30% from royalties of non-U.S. residents and remit this to the U.S. tax authorities. Further, the IRS may charge you a penalty of 50 USD for not providing us with your correct TIN or SSN.

To ensure we are not forced to withhold any of your royalties due to U.S. tax laws, please take a few moments to complete the following IRS Form:

W-8BEN Form  

Please click here for instructions on how to complete the W-8BEN Form.
Once you have completed the relevant form simply send it to the following address:

Royalty Department
Partridge India
1663 Liberty Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403
United States

Please ensure that all sections, including Taxpayer Identification Number and Signature, are completed prior to submitting the forms.

Forms must be submitted no later than 5 December of each calendar year.

IRS Tax Form for US Citizens

To comply with U.S. tax withholding and reporting requirements, we require a valid IRS Form from our authors. Where there is no IRS Form received by our offices identifying your Taxpayer Identification Number or Social Security Number, we are required to withhold 28% from royalties of U.S. residents and remit this to the U.S. tax authorities. Further, the IRS may charge you a penalty of 50 USD for not providing us with your correct TIN or SSN.

To ensure we are not forced to withhold any of your royalties due to U.S. tax laws, please take a few moments to complete the following IRS Form:

W-9 Form  

Once you have completed the relevant form simply send it to the following address:

Royalty Department
Partridge India
1663 Liberty Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403

Please ensure that all sections, including Taxpayer Identification Number and Signature, are completed prior to submitting the forms.

Forms must be submitted no later than 5 December of each calendar year.

Will Partridge India send me a 1099 to report additional income from royalty payments?

If you earned 10 USD or more in royalties within a fiscal year, we will automatically send you a 1099 statement. The 1099 reports your additional income in royalties during the first, second and third quarter of the current year and the fourth quarter of the previous year. It is the form you need to use to report taxes showing additional earning or contractual work. (If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will receive a 1042, very similar to the 1099.)

If you have questions regarding reporting taxes, please contact your tax professional.

Prepare for Publication

Call a Partridge India Consultant today on 000.800.10062.62 or send an e-mail to publishing.india@partridgepublishing.com to find out which of our digital publishing packages best suits you and will give you the opportunity to share your story with the widest possible readership. We are here to help you every step of the way—from completing your order form to book marketing.