Advocacy Update: Amazon/KDP EU Royalty Payments
On Tuesday, July 8, RWA staff spoke with their contacts at Amazon about issues with authors receiving certain royalties from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Our contact assured us that this is of the highest priority, and they are working to resolve the situation as soon as possible. They issued the following statement:
"We are actively working to resolve a delay that is affecting some of the June royalty payments for EU marketplaces. We are working diligently with our banking partners to quickly resolve this issue. We’ll provide an update as soon as possible, and apologize for the delay."
RWA staff is regularly in contact with Amazon, advocating for our members, the romance genre, and all authors. After fruitful discussions between Amazon Books executives, RWA, and other writers organizations, Amazon established a special point of contact for top-level staff at the major writers organizations to bring forward high-priority issues. We used that contact in this matter. We appreciate that Amazon has provided this avenue of communication for all author groups, and we will use this relationship to encourage a timely resolution to this matter.
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Amazon issued the following statement
"We have identified the issue and are actively working with our banking partners to re-process the payments. If your payments are affected, we’ll contact you once the issue is resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience, and appreciate your patience."