Royalties From Poetry Books… Overrated?

I came across this post on Tumblr and thought my Poetic Peeps (that’s you!) would get a kick out of it.

I have a goal of putting together a book of poetry. I got a laugh from this cartoon by Tom Gauld that explains the breakdown of a poet’s royalty within a small poetry collection.

The original post in its full size is available at TumblrΒ if you want a clearer view. ItΒ has been liked and reblogged several times.

This is christyb sending you a poetic smile

Cartoon by Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld cartoon about publishing poetry.


25 thoughts on “Royalties From Poetry Books… Overrated?

  1. Julie Catherine

    LOL! Christy, sad, but true – you know that one poem I had published in the Love Notes anthology at the beginning of the year? I received notice of my first Royalty Statement at the end of June. I realize that I am only 1 of about 80 poets, and that I only have 1 page in the anthology … but my royalties were $1.93. That’s it, lol. And of course, you need to have a minimum of $10 in royalties for them to send you a cheque – they just keep rolling it over until you have enough. It’s a good thing that I’m not writing to get rich, lol. πŸ˜€


    1. Julie Catherine

      Seb, here in Canada we have Tim Horton’s – best coffee in Canada! And yes, I agree that is a ‘must-have’! LOL. πŸ˜€


  2. lscotthoughts

    Oh, Christy, I’m so shocked! I truly thought someday we could all be rich, not only in spirit, but in bank accounts, too! Oh well, I’m back to reality and I thank you for this clarification. Hee, hee! I love Julie’s royalty comment and of course, chocolate should be added and yes, definitely espresso; love those vanilla lattes! πŸ™‚ Hugs!


  3. simon7banks

    Great – I can see room for economies there of 100% on the masseur, the sushi, the ice sculptures and the champagne (I loathe the stuff), and of 50% plus on pens, ink and notebooks, so about 35% of the Poet’s Royalty will be actual profit, representing about 4% of the total cost.



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