How much money will I make from publishing a book?

Updated: Aug 7, 2019

Seth Godin once said about book publishing: “If you’re doing it for the money, you’re going to be disappointed.”

Coming from an author of 19 bestsellers who’s worth a reported $34 million dollars, that’s pretty disappointing.

So if no one’s making any money from books, why do they bother publishing them?

Money isn’t everything

Maybe for many authors, money isn’t the driving force. There are many non-financial reasons for writing a book—it might be a life-long ambition, or something to show your family. You might have an idea that will change the world and you’ll kick yourself if you never get it out there. Or maybe it’s the process of writing a book that drives you. Going back to Seth, he sums up these reasons neatly: