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Royalties

What percentage of book revenues is paid to the author? – The percentage of total sales revenue taken off the top by the sites where our books are sold varies widely, and we do not guarantee the author any particular percentage of total sales revenue. We pay the author 60% of all royalties which are received by Stormy Night from the sites where our books are sold.

How often are royalties paid? – Royalties are paid monthly, on or about the 15th of the month following the month during which they are received by Stormy Night. Note that some sites where our books are sold pay on a quarterly basis and that other sites have a delay of sixty or more days between the end of the month or quarter and the point at which they transfer royalties to Stormy Night. In all cases, royalties will be paid to the author on or around the 15th of the month after the month during which Stormy Night receives them.

By what means are royalties paid? – Royalty payments to authors with US bank accounts can be made either via Paypal or via direct deposit. Paypal is the only option for authors without US bank accounts. We do not mail checks under any circumstances.

Advances

Does Stormy Night offer advances? – Yes, for certain titles. Whether or not we will offer an advance depends on our level of confidence in the sales potential of a given book.

What determines the amount of the advance offered for a given book? – The size of the advance Stormy Night will offer for a given book depends on our level of confidence in the sales potential of the book. This is influenced primarily by the past sales history of books with similar settings and themes and the past sales history of the author.

When are advances paid? – The author will receive payment of the advance within thirty days of the date on which Stormy Night receives the final version of the work from the author.

How are future royalties affected by advances? – If an advance is paid for a given book, the author will receive no royalty payments from Stormy Night for the book until the total royalties earned by the author for the book exceed the amount of the advance, at which point the author will begin being paid monthly royalties for the book as normal.

Does the payment of an advance for one book affect royalty payments for other books the author has published with Stormy Night? – No, advances are book-specific. If an author has books published with Stormy Night whose advances have been paid off, then royalties for those books will be paid even if one or more other books by the author have not yet paid off their advances.

By what means are advances paid? – Advances to authors with US bank accounts can be paid either via Paypal or via direct deposit. Paypal is the only option for authors without US bank accounts. We do not mail checks under any circumstances.

Publication Process

How long does it usually take for an author to receive an acknowledgement of his or her manuscript submission? – Except in rare situations, an author will receive an email acknowledgement of his or her submission within a week of the date on which it was submitted. If you submitted a manuscript more than a week ago and have not yet received an email acknowledging the submission, please contact James via the email link found in the About Us section of this website.

How long does it usually take for Stormy Night to inform an author whether or not his or her book has been accepted for publication? – Except in rare situations, an author will be informed whether or not his or her book has been accepted for publication within a month of the date on which it was submitted. If you submitted a manuscript more than a month ago and have not yet been informed as to whether or not it has been accepted for publication, please contact James via the email link found in the About Us section of this website.

Does Stormy Night provide feedback and revision suggestions for books which are accepted for publication? – Yes, Stormy Night’s content editors will provide the author with a list of revision suggestions for every book we accept for publication.

Is an author required to make the revisions suggested by Stormy Night’s content editors in order for his or her book to be published? – In most cases, whether or not to make changes based on any given revision suggestion is at the discretion of the author. In some cases, Stormy Night will accept a book only on the condition that specific changes to the manuscript are made by the author. In that case, the author will be informed of exactly which changes are required for publication and the author will be free to withdraw the submission if he or she is not willing to make the required revisions.

Once a book is accepted for publication, how long will it be until it is available for sale? – The length of time between acceptance and publication depends partially on the length of time taken by the author to make revisions to the manuscript. After the revised manuscript has been received by Stormy Night, approximately two weeks is generally required for the book to be copy edited and formatted, a cover to be made, a sales blurb to be written, etc. Once the manuscript has been finalized by Stormy Night, at the author’s request the book can be held for up to a week to allow for inspection by the author. If the author does not request the opportunity to inspect the finalized manuscript, then publication will take place within one or two days of the point at which the manuscript is finalized by Stormy Night.

Why do Stormy Night books always appear on Amazon before other stores? – There are two main reasons for this. First, almost all of our books sell substantially more copies on Amazon than on all other stores put together. For this reason, we generally wait to upload a book elsewhere until we are certain that it has cleared Amazon’s pre-publication review process. Second, Amazon is often much quicker at completing their pre-publication review than some of the other stores where we sell our books. Finally, in the case of Blushing Books in particular, books are released on their store according to an update schedule which is determined by them and which is beyond the control of Stormy Night.