Billing and Payments

An invoice is sent after our final consultation, detailing the agreement of your contract.

VTP currently accepts Money Orders, PayPal and Credit Card payments. Please be aware that all credit cards are processed through PayPal.

We do not offer refunds once work gets started. Any specific issues are best addressed through contract agreement.

Copyright Registration

Your work is copyrighted as soon as you say it is—Copyright, 2008 John Doe means John Doe owns the copyright. The copyright symbol also works. However, it is good to formally file for the copyright through the US Copyright office.


The ISBN for your book is easily translated into a worldwide compatible bar code format called a Bookland EAN (European Article Number). Every bookstore chain and most smaller bookshops use bar code scanning at the checkout register.  Putting the bar code on your book is part of the book cover designer’s job. The book designer types in your ISBN and out pops the bar code in just the right place on your back cover. You can put your book’s retail price near the bar code on the back cover if you want to. That doesn’t mean that retailers will always have to charge the full amount.


Every book—physical or eBook—is required to have its own number if it’s made available for sale. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a thirteen-digit number (it used to be ten-digits) that uniquely identifies books and book like products published internationally. The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers, and distributors. Once a title is published with an ISBN in it, the ISBN can never be used again. Even if a title goes out of print, the ISBN cannot be reused since the title continues to be catalogued by libraries and traded by used booksellers.

An ISBN gets placed on the copyright page and, if there is no bar code, on the back cover.

Royalty Earnings

Royalty payments are made on the 30th day of June and December.

Depending on your contract, you get paid 100% royalties—after third-party retailers’ fees are paid—example: if Amazon is the distributor, Amazon takes their fees and send the rest to us, we send you the amount minus the transfer fees.

All VTP traditional publishing royalties are paid according to your contract(s).

Billing and Payments
Village Tales Publishing works hard to make sure its approach to billing and payments is as easy to follow as possible. This guide will answer some of the frequently asked questions involving payments and billing.

Royalty Earnings
We know that reporting royalties accurately and paying you on time is one of the most important things we do. We have checks and balances in place to make sure this happens.