Took a Clonazepam last night for the first time in many weeks. Decided to try to nip the TOS pains early, before it gets excruciating. Stupid wing stubs. Now, I am most loopy. It should wear off in a bit, but considering helping it along with some nice coffee. Coffee . . . mmmmm.
Received a rejection for a reprint of “Reign of the Wintergod,” my second reprint rejection for this story. The annoying thing is that both times the editors said they loved it and definitely want to see more from me, but they didn’t want “Wintergod” since “seeing as how it appeared in Victor’s Asylum in 2003, we feel the massive exposure from that release” keeps them from buying it.
But the problem I have is, if the Asylum 3 was so popular, where the hell are my royalty payments? I have yet to see a penny for this story. And I think it’s a good one, deserving of payment.
I think that pretty much cements it. I am no longer submitting to anthologies that pay only in a “cut of royalties” anymore. That seems to translate to “no pay.”
Did your contract say that you wouldn’t receive a royalty payment until it sold X number of copies? If not, you should have received a royalty payment regardless of how well it sold.
Every now and then I submit to an anthology paying only in royalties if I happen to have a story that fits its theme. I have one or two stories accepted by royalty-paying anthologies, but I’m not expecting to get much out of them. Once I become a higher-status writer I’ll probably only submit reprints to these anthologies but for now I submit to them for the off chance that one of them might do well.
“Did your contract say that you wouldn’t receive a royalty payment until it sold X number of copies?“
Nope. Nor did it say there was a minimum amount that needed to be earned before royalties get paid. According to the contract, royalties are to be calculated and forwarded as of Dec. 31 and June 30 of each year. The anthology premiered at the Horrorfind convention last August. I expected to have received royalties from last December by now as I’m sure they sold some there. I’m waiting to see whether I get a check this summer before I query the editor and/or publisher about it. So far, I’ve made far more from anthology sales which pay a standard “per word” rate. We’ll see how things go with the antho stories I’ve already sold, but unless I start seeing some checks soon, I’m not subbing to royalty-only paying projects again.
Had a similar experience with a few royalty-paying anthos, and I agree. Never ever again.