Paying The Creators Their Royalties First

By John Anderson. Closing date May 14th 2015

This is a big year for Soaring Penguin Press.  Six new titles plus two comic series. But the nature of publishing is that the creators get paid last.

We wanted to change that. We wanted to say, "Okay, these books won't be out for another few months, but if you order them now, we'll pay the creators their royalties first." That's why this Campaign.

Publishing is long-tail business. Printers, translators, delivery drivers, marketing consultants – everyone gets paid first. Last on the list are the publishers. And then the creators, who get royalties based on number of copies sold.

If we sell the book before it goes to print, then we can pay the creator first. Which is the way it should be.

We realise that for this to work, people have to take it on faith that the books will be good, will be worth paying in advance for. It relies on Soaring Penguin Press having a reputation for graphic novels you'll want to buy. I'd like to think we've earned some consideration. In the past 3 years, we've published Loisel's Peter Pan, To End All Wars, and we've brought back Strangehaven. That's got to count for something!

Look at the books we're putting out this year:

–          The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert & Sullivan by Laura Howell


–          The Erotic Adventures of Space Babe 113 by John Maybury


–          The paperback edition of To End All Wars


–          It's Hard to be a Girl by Bach

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–          Perfume of Lilacs by Samuel Leblanc

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–          The Black Feather Falls by Ellen Lindner



(I could provide a synopsis of each title. Or you could go to the Kickstarter page to read all that. And since that's where I want you to go…)

If this works, we pay the creators now. If it doesn't, we pay the creators much later.


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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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