Authors earn 80% royalties when they self-publish their books and online courses on Leanpub.

Royalties are paid at the beginning of each month via PayPal, usually on the first business day of the month.

To receive payment, you will need to set up a PayPal account, which is free. When you create a Leanpub account, if you don't set a special PayPal email address, we automatically try to send the payment via PayPal to the email address you use for your Leanpub account.

Once you've created a book or course on Leanpub, you can set or change the email address we should send PayPal payments to here:

Because of our 'Happiness Guarantee', which allows readers to claim a refund for 45 days after their purchase, there is also a 45-day 'hold period' applied to the royalties associated with any sale. Once the royalties related to a purchase are past the 45-day 'hold period', then those royalties will be paid out at the beginning of the next month. So, for a purchase made on September 1, the 45-day hold period will expire on October 15, and the royalties for that purchase will be paid on November 1.

The minimum amount for a royalty payment to you can be set here under “Minimum Royalty Payout Amount”. The minimum payment we do is $20, but a lot of authors set it to a much higher amount, based on their preference.

The royalties summary for your account can be found here:

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