How Much Does a Children's Book Writer Make a Year?

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How Much Does a Children's Book Writer Make a Year?
Successful writing for children is difficult but rewarding. (little boy reading a book image by Renata Osinska from

Writing children's books is a difficult but rewarding career. As with any writing job, salaries vary and the field is very competitive. There is a great deal of pressure to publish and salaries are mostly linked to how much any one author can publish.

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Average salaries

Most children's writers publish about one book a year. Publishing houses pay around £6 per page of manuscript, and around £9,750 for the rights to a completed book. Most books have initial print runs of 15,000 copies, and authors take 10 per cent of the sales.

Higher earners

Authors of famous and successful books can earn a great deal more. Books turned into films especially make very large profits, often running into the millions of dollars: JK Rowling, creator of the "Harry Potter" books, makes over £19 million a year.

Second jobs

Most writers cannot support themselves only from writing, and have a full-time jobs to provide regular income. Writers may leave these jobs as they become more successful, and able to support themselves with their writing. Children's writer Louis Sachar worked at a warehouse and studied while writing his first few books--one of which was made into a movie.

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