If you've landed here, you are probably an agent or an author wondering if you are receiving the royalty income you think you should or whether there are errors in your statements, costly errors, some of which are permanent, that is repeating until they are found and corrected. Royalty statements are quite complex today and it takes a professional to review them accurately. Publishing Forensics has recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We can do the same for you. We have worked for quite a few agents, some authors and the Authors Guild not just doing analysis, but actually contacting the publisher, negotiating with the financial people (not your editors or publishers) to correct any errors or deficiencies we find. Consequently, you are shielded from possible confrontation with the people who acquire and edit your books. It's really the best way to approach royalty issues.
What kind of errors have we found:
Excess reserves held on your account. Can you tell what is excess? No. It takes experience and programs to find excess reserves and it takes experience and negotiating skill with publishing financial departments to recover the funds for your account. We have delt with almost every publisher in the business; their royalty and financial people know us. We do it diplomatically and professionally.
Digital Rights. The all important ebook. This is an area of substantial growth and with it substantial confusion about rates, rights and everything in-between. We can help you with this. We've negotiated these rights, audited royalties, sold them, created them. We know digital rights.
Bad royalty rates. Yes, it happens. Rates are entered into the system manually and so are subject to human error. Have we found them? Yes. If uncorrected are they permanent? Yes, if bad rates are not corrected you will never see the money you are due. Do you want to make sure yours are correct? Yes, of course. Can you do it yourself? Maybe, but are you knowledgeable enough to be able to do it? We are, we can and we do.
Unreported Foreign Rights. This happens frequently and they are very difficult to find. It also happens that publishers inadvertently sell rights they don't control to foreign houses. Have we found these types of issues? Yes and corrected them.
Unpaid Bonuses. Do you have bonus clauses in your contracts? Do you know if you have been paid correctly? If you are told by your editor that your sales didn't reach the level needed to trigger the bonus, can you tell if that is correct? Sales reported on your statement are not the whole story, so no you can't. We can.
We do anything concerning contracts and royalties. We help agents and authors structure and negotite the publishing deal. We analyze the agreement for deficiencies and we consult on what would make a fair agreement. (You would be surprised how challenging that is but we think it is one of our best client services.). No client has ever felt that the service wasn't worth the price. Each has been happy with the results.
We've either brought in substantial revenue or saved a considerable amount of money for our clients.We'd like to do the same for you.