# Quick Answer: How Many Copies Does The Average Book Sell?

## How many copies does a successful book sell?

So what is a good sales figure for any book.

“A sensational sale would be about 25,000 copies,” says literary agent Jane Dystel.

“Even 15,000 would be a strong enough sale to get the publisher’s attention for the author for a second book.”.

## How many copies does the average fiction book sell?

Today we are only concerned with “how many books sold” not “what format sells more units.”] 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 much does an author make per book?

A typical book author barely makes more than minimum wage. You receive an advance and 10% royalties on net profit from each book. If your book retails at \$25 per copy, you would need to sell at least 4,000 copies to break even on a \$5,000 advance.

## What percentage of book sales do authors get?

Under standard royalties, an author gets roughly 20 to 30% of the publisher’s revenue for a hardcover, 15% for a trade paperback, and 25% for an eBook. So, very roughly, every hardcover release that earns out brings the author something like 25% of all revenue earned by the publisher.