# Standard split between author and illustrator of children’s book?

##### Asked by: Kyle Alam

The split is usually **50:50**. In a picture book the illustrator may get 60:40.

## What is the split between author and illustrator?

What is the Royalty Split Between Author and Illustrator? If an illustrator and an author are working on the same book together, then the royalties will be shared **50:50** between them.

## How much should I pay a children’s book illustrator?

Bestselling author Joanna Penn estimates that the average pay for a 32-page picture book is $3,000 – $12,000, meaning a 32 page book with 20 illustrations equates anywhere from **$150 to $600 per illustration**. Publishing expert Anthony Puttee estimates a slightly lower standard rate of about $120 per illustration.

## Can the author and the illustrator be the same?

**Generally yes, most writers are not great illustrators**. This does not mean an author cannot request and/or debate a choice. Publishers generally have ideas on how to sell the most books but want to please the author at the same time as well.

## How much percentage do illustrators make?

If you’re only the illustrator, the royalties will be split equally between you and the author. So that would be **around 5% with benchmarks that raise it to around 7.5%** when you hit them.

## How much do illustrators get per book?

Now let’s look at total children’s book income for 2020:

In diving deeper into the responses, these ranges can mean a couple of things. An illustrator is only doing one or two books a year and getting paid in the **$10000 – $30000 range**.

## How much do children’s book authors make?

The salaries of Children’s Authors in the US range from **$29,230 to $114,530** , with a median salary of $60,250 . The middle 60% of Children’s Authors makes $60,250, with the top 80% making $114,530.

## How much should an author pay an illustrator?

Bestselling author Joanna Penn estimates that the average pay for a 32-page picture book is $3,000 – $12,000, meaning a 32 page book with 20 illustrations equates anywhere from **$150 to $600 per illustration**. Publishing expert Anthony Puttee estimates a slightly lower standard rate of about $120 per illustration.

## Does an author or illustrator make more money?

**Picture book illustrators often earn a higher advance than the author**, but they generally earn the same royalty percentages. Rather than a lump sum, most advances for picture books are divided into halves or thirds and paid at specified stages of the two-to-four-year editing and production process.

## How much will a publisher pay for a children’s book?

Royalties vary between publishers, but you can expect somewhere around **5 to 7 cents on the dollar for printed books and up to 25 cents on e-book sales**.

## How many copies does the average children’s book sell?

Generally, most picture books sell around **5,000 to 10,000 copies** in hardcover form, and few are made into paperback.

## How well do children’s books sell?

According to the data, self-publishing sales follow a roughly exponential curve. A few do very well. However, **25% of self-published children’s books authors sell fewer than 100 books**.

## What is a typical advance for a childrens book?

The most common picture book author advances are **between $1,000 and $5,000** (40% of all authors). 3.5% of authors earned an advance over $50,000. This percentage is slightly higher than data available through Publisher Marketplace.

## Who is the richest children’s book author?

1 **J.K Rowling**

However, the subject matter explored in them is what make children actually read them. Beginning in 1997, she released the first book of a series that would make her the richest children’s author of all time.

## How hard is it to get a children’s book published?

Final words of advice. Getting your children’s book (traditionally) published is a tough gig … research shows that **less than 1% of all aspiring authors secure a traditional publishing deal**. But as someone who has successfully published a number of children’s books, I can unequivocally say don’t give up on your dream.

## How many pages should a children’s book have?

32 pages

Almost all picture books put out by children’s book publishers are **32 pages**, but there are exceptions. Picture books also come at 24 pages, 40 pages, and 48 pages.

## Is writing a children’s book profitable?

Writing for children is a career where anything is possible. **The top 1% of children’s authors made more than $200,000 last year**. It’s also possible to become an overnight success.

## What is the most successful children’s book?

The world’s most beloved children’s stories

Rank | Book |
---|---|

1. | The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), Antoine de Saint-Exupry (1943) |

2. | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J. K. Rowling (1997) |

3. | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,Lewis Carroll (1865) |

4. | The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis (1950) |

## What type of children’s books sell best?

In 2021, a series accounted for two out of every three kids’ books sold. **Middle-grade books** (ages nine through 12) are seeing the highest absolute gains in sales. In 2021, middle-grade books sales were up by 5 million units.

## Can a childrens book be a best seller?

Take a look at **Amazon’s Best Sellers in Children’s Books**, for example. Of the top 50, I count at least 15 that are more than ten years old, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon, The Giving Tree, Oh the Places You’ll Go, Love You Forever, and more.

## Can you make money from selling children’s books?

**Some pay as much as 40% author royalties**. To calculate how much money you can make from your children’s book, let’s assume that you paid, again, $15,000 to publish your children’s book (including the cost of illustrations, which is often AUD $5000 +). Your book will retail for AUD $14.95 this time, too.

## How do I publish a children’s book with illustrations?

**How to Publish a Children’s Book: A Guide for First-Time Authors**

- Know the market. Knowing your audience is essential when you’re writing your book and crucial when you’re selling it. …
- Refine your manuscript. …
- Find a children’s book agent. …
- Submit directly to publishers. …
- Always be marketing.

## How much do authors make per book?

A traditionally published author makes **5–20% royalties on print books, usually 25% on ebooks (though can be less), and 10–25% on audiobooks**.