If you take the above authors and their 51 titles, they averaged 12,455 lifetime copies sold for each book published.
Thus I usually say that the “average” book sells 10,000 copies with a major publisher.
How many copies does the average book sell?
How many copies of a book 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 much does a children’s book author make?
Although it didn’t report separate data on children’s book writers, PayScale.com reported average salaries for writers and authors according to experience, as of April 2018: 0 to 5 years: $42,000. 5 to 10 years: $54,000. 10 to 20 years: $62,000.
How much do authors make for a bestseller?
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.