Romance Royalties – Print vs Digital

Royalty rate rates for print vs digital romance books are compared in an article posted at

The article summarizes the economic models that differentiate print and digital royalty rates for romance novels.

In summary, it states that print books are usually accompanied by a royalty advance and a low royalty rate of 8% to15%. 

Digital book authors usually receive no royalty advances and a royalty rate that averages 35% to 40%. The article notes that only steamy sexy novels are selling well in a digital format.

With print books, though a lower royalty is paid, the author is likely to earn much more in terms of royalties.

The author closes her article by stating that “digital publishing can be for those who are just starting out; for manuscripts that are gathering dust; for works that no one in NY wants to take a chance on.”