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I signed with my agent in 2007, landed a publishing contract in 2008, and published my first novel, CHILD OF FIRE, in September 2009. That’s almost exactly seven years ago.

Since then, I published two more books with Del Rey, wrote and published a game tie-in novel for Evil Hat, and self-published six more novels and collections.

Yesterday, I earned my first royalty from a publisher for one of my novels.

My agent’s foreign rights division cleverly sold my self-published trilogy, The Great Way, to German publisher Blanvalet. Along with the on-signing payment for that deal (delayed due to international tax paperwork, and my struggles with same) they sent the royalty payment for The Way into Chaos — or, I should say, “Die Pforte Der Shatten“, which if translated would probably be a far more commercial title than I chose.

Not that this was my first foreign rights sale. Child of Fire and the other Twenty Palaces books have been published in Russian, German, French, Polish, and some others I’m forgetting. However I don’t recall getting any payment beyond the advance.

But wait! you ask. If I have six self-published novels, haven’t I been getting royalty payments from Amazon, et al?

Nope. No matter what terminology they prefer, Amazon takes a commission from sales, they don’t pay royalties.

Anyway, seven years to this milestone! The amount is almost but not quite enough to cover a week’s groceries, but I’ll take it.

Publishing is weird.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.

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sartorias
Sep. 15th, 2016 01:35 pm (UTC)
"The Entrance to Shadows" more or less.

Congrats!
burger_eater
Sep. 16th, 2016 06:01 am (UTC)
Thank you!
nick_kaufmann
Sep. 15th, 2016 02:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
burger_eater
Sep. 16th, 2016 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks!
lwe
Sep. 15th, 2016 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's "Schatten." With a C. I'd translate it "The Gate of Shadows."

But congratulations!
burger_eater
Sep. 16th, 2016 06:02 am (UTC)
Hmf. I knew I should have just copied and pasted it.

Thank you!
resonant
Sep. 16th, 2016 12:51 am (UTC)
Hooray!
burger_eater
Sep. 16th, 2016 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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