Addressing Small-Balance Royalty Checks in Contracts

Today’s post comes from the question files: “My contract says that the publisher doesn’t have to send me a royalty check or a sales statement unless the “balance owed” to me is over $25.00. Is this normal?” Short answer: yes and no. Many publishing contracts have clauses stating that the publisher doesn’t need to send the author an accounting statement or a payment unless the royalties meet a stated threshold. These are actually two different issues, and authors need to treat them differently. Here’s what the language this question refers to might look like in a contract: If the balance owed to Author at the

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