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How Much Does An Author Make?

Authors always appear to be wealthy, but how much do they really make?

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Firstly, you have to define the term “successful” in your own terms. 

How much money can you make from being an author?

Self-published authors can make between 40% – 60% royalties on a single book sale while traditionally published authors usually make between 10%-12% royalties. First-time authors who want to traditionally publish can get an advance, which is usually $10,000 (154,12 South African rand)  (usually not that much more for a first-timer).

How much money does a successful author make?

Writers and authors earned a median annual salary of $61,240 (943,86 South African rand) in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, writers and authors earned a 25th percentile salary of $43,130 (664,74 South African rand), meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $83,500 (1 286,94 South African rand), meaning 25 percent earn more.

Is it hard to be a successful author?

As in any field so in becoming a successful author, one needs to have a skill for writing, knowledge in the required field, lots of targeted, intelligent hard work. Assuming a great book is written and produced, by you in every way, half the work is done. Next half is how well you can market and distribute it.

What is the #1 best selling book?

Top 100 best selling books of all time






Da Vinci Code,The

Brown, Dan


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Rowling, J.K.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Rowling, J.K

What is the #1 best selling book in South Africa?

1. Long Walk To Freedom – Nelson Mandela.

7 Ways to Become a Successful Writer

  1. Be willing to evolve. 
  2. Define successful in your own terms. 
  3. Write until your imagination bleeds. 
  4. When you're not writing, read successful writers. 
  5. Personalized replication. 
  6. Have a second or third pair of eyes. 
  7. Establish an online presence.

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