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.


3 thoughts on “111.13

  1. Shelly A. says:

    Oooh! Congrats! Since you’ve been telling us everything up to date so far, how much was it?
    Sorry if that was too prying.
    Nosey me, lol. Sorry for asking if you get offended by that.
    I’m happy for you nonetheless!

    PS, I Loved your book for Whatley Tupper! I even recommended it to friends who have ereaders for a nice holiday read.

  2. rudykerkhoven says:

    How much? That’s not nosey at all… It’s $111.13… The title of the post…

    I’m glad you enjoyed Whatley Tupper. Daniel and I are furiously working on another choose your own adventure, should be out in the spring.

  3. Shelly A. says:

    Thanks for being so honest with your blog. This is very refreshing and exciting for your fans (yes, you have fans!) and I hope you have much success in the year coming. Another choose your own adventure sounds very fun indeed. Have a happy holiday season, Mr. Kerkhoven!

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