Salary and Pay Rates

How much do young writers get paid?

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August 04, 2010 8:18PM

It largely depends on what they write. If we're talking newpapers and magazines, it could be anywhere from $0 to hundreds or maybe even thousands. I'm going to assume we're talking about novels here though.

The average author gets roughly $5000-15000 per book sold as the advance and most do not make much more then that. Most young authors however, like Christopher Paolini or Nancy Yi Fan or Flavia Bujor get bigger money strictly because they are young and publishers use this as a major hook to make money. In terms of Christopher, author of the Eragon books, he's made over 20 million dollars. Usually though, a few thousands a year can be assumed. But the more books an author has published and the more popular they become, the more money they make.