How much does an author make per book?
On average, traditional publishers pay authors around $1.25 per book in royalties.
So if your book sells for $20, you earn just over a buck.
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.
Can you make money from writing a book?
Royalties is money given to an author after a book is published and sold. Authors receive a percentage of the sale, depending on how they published their book. Another way to make money on direct book sales is to create your book in different formats such as digital, paperback, hardback, audio, etc.
How much does the average author make?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2010 writers and authors earned a median salary of $55,420 per year, or $26.64 per hour. These numbers are for freelance writers and authors of books, though, and novelist income is harder to pin down because usually, income depends on book sales and contracts.