EFT Royalty Payments For More Createspace Authors

EFT royalty payments for Createspace authors

EFT royalty payments have at long last been made available to more authors publishing on Createspace.

EFT royalty payments were introduced by Createspace in 2012, but they were limited to only a very few countries.

Since the 2012 introduction, authors who live outside of the US, UK and a few European countries have had to suffer not only being paid by cheque but have also had to wait until their accrued royalty balances reached quite high balances of $100, £100 and Euro100.

On top of this, those authors who are paid by cheque then lost a percentage of their royalty, due to bank costs associated with clearing an international cheque from Createspace, which often amounts to between $5 and $10.

Meanwhile, for those fortunate to be living in the few countries where Createspace offered EFT royalty payments, there were no minimum payment thresholds and no additional bank fees.

Createspace EFT royalty paymentsDespite years of complaints about this unfairness from authors around the world, nothing changed for three very long years.

Finally, in the last few days, however, Createspace has announced that EFT royalty payments, and therefore no minimum payment thresholds, are now being made available to thirty-one additional countries.

This list of new counties added are:

Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French Guiana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Reunion, Romania, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

While this is very welcome news for European authors, it is not so for many other countries.

Still noticeably missing from Createspace EFT royalty payments are major countries such as Australia, South Africa and Canada along with probably many more.

While it is good news to hear that Createspace has acted, albeit, after three long years, there are still many self-publishing authors who are going to continue to suffer from exorbitant royalty thresholds and the costs associated with depositing a cheque.

One can only hope that Createspace will move more rapidly to make EFT royalty payments available to many more countries, and not wait another three long years to do so.

Update: Amazon KDP now offer similar paperback publishing services, so it might be worth considering changing over. Especially, because Amazon KDP does pay by EFT to almost all countries. As Createspace is owned by Amazon, it seems that Createspace may well be phased out in the future. 

Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

4 thoughts on “EFT Royalty Payments For More Createspace Authors

  • I’m disappointed. I live in Canada–the US’s closest neighbour–and we still have to wait for that $100-cheque. Amazon can do it with Kindle. Why are they holding out with CreateSpace? It’s very frustrating.

    When I started to read this article, my fingers were crossed that Canada would be listed. I guess I have to wait another three years. Errr.

    • I agree it’s very unfair, Diane. Createspace treats Canada as if it was a third world country. It’s absolutely shameful.

  • Well, so far, there is not a fee for depositing a check in Guatemala. Yes, it’s complicated since takes 30 days to clear it plus the 2 weeks that took to receive the check.

    It’s complicated due to Government policies, not Amazon or KDP.

  • Well I’ll be damned! Canada, Australia, South Africa? Really? Is there a reason these countries are not on the list? Currency issues perhaps? Or, maybe they just don’t want to do business with us. This is one of the reasons I haven’t approached them yet. I have been looking at other alternatives. I refuse to cash archaic cheques in the age of EFT’s. Unfortunately, they seem to hold all the cards at the moment.


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