Alan Durant is the author of books for a wide age-range from picture books such as Burger Boy Angus Rides the Goods Train and Always and Forever to top-end teenage thrillers Blood Flesh and Bones. The actor comedian and Britains Got Talent judge 48.
Having worked as a copywriter at Walker Books he is now a full-time author.
How much do children's book authors make uk. Hes married with three children and lives in Brighton. Customize a story book for your kid just add their name and custom character. The average cost to get a childrens book fully illustrated falls between 2000-6000.
Is it possible to earn a real living wage as a childrens book writer. Heres what the data says about childrens book authors making more than 20000year. 0 to 5 years.
But your quote will depend on a number of factors mainly the length of your book. Traditionally the royalty is a percentage of the recommended retail price RRP. Customize a story book for your kid just add their name and custom character.
The survey says that UK writers earn an average of 10500 annually. However lets skip that part and assume you do want to earn a living writing childrens books. He also said that he made 20005000 a month passively through books with titles like Ninja Farts.
Royalties vary between publishers but you can expect somewhere around 5 to 7 cents on the dollar for printed books and up. Yes but its neither easy nor luxurious. According to the survey adult fiction writers made a mean net income of 28809 in 2013 childrens fiction 25614 non.
Ad Tell your kid all the things you love about them in a personalized story book. Bloomsbury Childrens Books covers a fantastic range of childrens books from their first picture book through to chapter books illustrated books and YA. School visits can be either free or paid I suggest offering free visits for your first couple of times.
With Barnes Noble an author can easily make up to 450 on a book that costs an average 999. Many of these authors have written a range of books that seem to grow with their readers. Many self-publishing childrens authors underestimate how much it costs to acquire proper illustrations.
His stratospheric sales have made him one of the three highest-earning authors in the UK clocking up print sales of 11m. So on a 1699 hardback the author would receive around 170 for each copy sold and on an 899 paperback they would receive 67p. From lighter sillier fare to more in-depth books for their older fans.
Many childrens book authors dont realize that many schools set aside an annual budget for paid author visits. David Walliamss foray into writing books for children has proved to be extremely lucrative hes made over 100 million from his novels. Solomon also pointed to the difference in earnings between genres.
There is a wide disparity between what the survey has found writers earn and what some organizations have defined as a living wage. Ad Tell your kid all the things you love about them in a personalized story book. This was the push I needed to finally write my first book find an illustrator and publish.
But while any childrens literature is fine by me there are some authors that like sticky fingers and sloppy kissesare practically a requirement of childhood. But such successes have only led to more dominance says childrens. We do not know how the figures compare across age and genre and whether this is a true like-for-like comparison.
We are the publishers of Katherine Rundell Neil Gaiman the Fantastically Great Women series JK. This royalty compares well with Amazon KPP. A typical royalty is 10 of the RRP on hardbacks and 75 on paperbacks.
However you can get an ISBN code for your book published through Barnes Noble. Childrens authors who choose the traditional route can expect an advance of between 1000 and 10000 for their book plus royalties for every copy that sells. Send an email to your nearby schools and offer to do a reading of your book.