So, I got my first royalty cheque in the mail today, and it was a cool feeling. I hoped I would get one before Christmas, and now it seems they will be mailed monthly. Some points of interest:
- I was paid for August and September only at this point
- Cheques (I guess I should write checks since they’re coming from the States) are only mailed out once the amount exceeds $100 USD if your an international (non-American) author
- I didn’t have any tax withheld, which is what should happen, although I’ve read of other Canadian authors having a hell of time filling out paperwork to avoid an automatic 33% deduction–which never made sense. Why would non-American authors pay tax to the IRS?
- Royalty payments seem to be mailed out about 6-8 weeks after the respective month they are for
Not much else to say. I’m tempted to not cash it, but, dammit, Amazon doesn’t need my money. I’ve always remained adamant that as in independent author, I can’t get hung up on how much I’m getting paid. I’ve always written because it’s something I love doing. But, at the same time, it’s the first time I’ve ever been paid for something I’ve written, which is quite gratifying. I guess I’m a professional author now.