Got an interesting phone call today. Went something like this:
Devas T.: Hello.
Hyperion Books for Children: Hello, Don Tate please.
Devas T.: This is he.
HBC: This is Dan with HBC, did you receive the W9 tax forms we mailed to you about two months ago?
Devas T.: Sorry, no.
HBC: You have royalties coming. There was an oversight and we didn't get your last statement out to you. But we can't send a check until we have the signed W9 form.
Devas T: !!!!!
HBC: I'm going to drop another form in the...
Devas T. interrupts: If the form is available as a pdf, please email that instead. It will be faster. How much money?
HBC: I don't know the amount, I don't have access to that information. I just know royalties are due to you.
Devas T.: Ok, thanks. Bye.
So I get off the phone. Plow through old royalty statements. I figure maybe I can estimate an amount based upon past royalty statements.
Five years to earn back a 5k advance, four pages of W9 and I'll earn about $19.00 in additional royalty.
I've resolved not to curse. At least not here.