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## How much do authors make per book on Amazon?

The average self-published author makes around $1,000 per year according to The Guardian. That’s including many authors that have multiple books and a huge list of fans. In fact, nearly a third of the authors made less than $500 a year and 90% of books sold less than 100 copies.

## What percentage of book sales do authors receive?

Typically, an author can expect to receive the following royalties: Hardback edition: 10% of the retail price on the first 5,000 copies; 12.5% for the next 5,000 copies sold, then 15% for all further copies sold. Paperback: 8% of retail price on the first 150,000 copies sold, then 10% thereafter.

## How many copies did a book sell?

The smaller the press, the more you can scale down. One publisher of an independent press told me that most indie press books sell — not BookScan — about 1,500 copies, with 3,000 being good sales.

## How many books do you need to sell on Amazon 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.