Royalties, how much?

Subject: Royalties, how much?
From: "T. Kelley Boylan" <kelleyb -at- TEZCAT -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 1994 11:00:54 -0600

I've been writing for the last seven or eight years, mostly for Motorola,
IBM, etcetera, but I've recently switched over to consumer-level material.
(The PowerPC PowerOpen ABI was one darned fascinating document, let me tell
you. ;-) Que Publishing's asked me to write a book and has sent a 10-page
contract. Most of it's no problem -- I've negotiated contracts before --
but I'm out of my depth with the royalty percentages. Prior to this I've
been a co-author for a number of other books, but it was a straight-fee
arrangement among many authors.

I'd appreciate words of wisdom from those who've signed contracts for
technical books. What percentages did you ask for; what was the pay rate
during the contract (before royalties); and how much did you estimate for
purposes of Uncle Sam?

Many thanks.


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