If you’re a debut author, consider 10,000 copies your first barrier.

If you can breach it, you’re on your way to bestseller kingdom.

It’s just that even this number is a tough ask now, especially at a time when most novels barely sell 5,000 copies!

## How many books do you have to sell to be a bestseller?

To ensure a spot on The Wall Street Journal’s Bestseller list, you need to sell about 3000 books in the first week and to hit gold and the New York Times Bestseller list, you’ll need 9,000 copies sold in the first week.

## How many books do you have to sell to be a bestseller in Canada?

To make it onto the Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list, Max says a book needs at least 3,000 to 5,000 sales.

## How many copies does the average book sell?

250 copies

## How much do bestselling authors make per book?

Average Novelist Salary

With a 10 percent royalty, an author who writes a book that costs $10 and sells 20,000 copies makes $20,000. In reality, most books sell fewer than 5,000 copies.