17 Author Success Stories & How Much They Make [2022]

17 Author Success Stories & How Much They Make [2022]
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17 Author Success Stories & How Much They Make [2022]

Writing a book is one of the most satisfying experiences you can have as a professional. It gives structure, meaning, and direction and helps you build your professional credentials.

The passion to write is something that comes from deep within. That passion leads to a warm-up to the idea of becoming an author. However, the path to being an author is not so easy. To become an author you need to research topics and spent many hours writing something meaningful.

Authoring a book is many people's dream and also a money-making profession. One can make handsome money by becoming an author. To become an author you have to take some inspiration from your older famous author who is became succeeded as an author.

Here are some real life author and writer success stories:

1. Conundrum Publishing ($240K/year)

Nick Thacker (from Colorado, USA) started Conundrum Publishing over 5 years ago.

Revenue
$20K / month
Team
1 founders / 2 employees
Location
Colorado, USA

Case Study

My name is Nick Thacker, and I’m a full-time author of thriller and action-adventure novels. I write in the same genres as Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Lee Child, and my main series is about a Yellowstone park ranger named Harvey Bennett. Most of my readers are 45 years old and up, about 50/50 men/women, and the vast majority of my sales come from Amazon (either directly or through Kindle Unlimited, where I’m paid based on pages read).

I started writing back in 2011, but it was never something I thought I could do full-time. I was working a 9-5 job and I eventually realized I was making more by writing than I was at the day job, so I quit. Today, I’m pulling in about $10,000 a month on the low-end, and up to $20,000 during a heavy promotion or launch period.

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2. Front Line Publishing Inc ($228K/year)

James Rosone (from Tampa, Florida, USA) started Front Line Publishing Inc over 6 years ago.

Revenue
$19K / month
Team
2 founders / 2 employees
Location
Tampa, Florida, USA

Case Study

Hello. It’s great to virtually meet you all. My name is James Rosone and I'm a thriller author and co-owner of Front Line Publishing Inc. My wife and I co-write military, political, and espionage thrillers, though we're currently working on a military sci-fi series. My wife and I have published eighteen books, with another four more somewhere in the editing process, getting ready to be released over the next eight months.

When I released my first book in December 2015, I was writing as a form of PTSD therapy. That month I earned a whopping $78 dollars. However, our most successful month as an author was exactly two years later, December 2018 when we earned $47,365 in a single month. Right now, if we include audibles, I believe we’re averaging somewhere around $19,000 a month plus or minus a few thousand, so we’ve done pretty well in the self-publishing space considering how long we’ve been writing.

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3. DragonTree Publishing ($2.4K/year)

Sheila Crosby (from El Paso, Spain) started DragonTree Publishing over 10 years ago.

Revenue
$200 / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees
Location
El Paso, Spain

Case Study

I’m a Brit who came to live on the Spanish island of La Palma who self publishes books about the island. My guide book to the astronomical observatory here has done so well that I’m now working on the 3rd edition to include the newest telescopes and discoveries. I followed that with an anthology of children’s stories set on the island and I have more books planned.

It's an unusual combination, but it works for me. I don't have all that much money but I have a great quality of life.

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4. How to Start a Successful Creative Agency ($6K/year)

Andy Strote (from Toronto, ON, Canada) started How to Start a Successful Creative Agency about 3 years ago.

Revenue
$500 / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Hi, my name is Andy Strote and I have recently published How to Start a Successful Creative Agency. This 325-page book is the essential business guide for creators who want to provide creative services for corporate clients.

I just launched the book in mid-April and have so far made about $500. Sales and promotions are ongoing.

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5. The Girl with the Tree Tattoo ($3.3K/year)

Katie Flashner (from Hope, ME, USA) started The Girl with the Tree Tattoo over 7 years ago.

Revenue
$275 / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees
Location
Hope, ME, USA

Case Study

Hi everyone! My name is Katie, but many know me better as The Girl with the Tree Tattoo. I’m an amateur ballroom dancer and writer with a day job and two fur babies (it’s as fulfilling as it is exhausting).

I always dreamt about being a paid author (or more secretly, a dancer). While my day jobs have always been set in the environmental science field, The Girl with the Tree Tattoo brand has given me the opportunity to incorporate both my passions, make a difference in the lives of others and get paid to be who I truly am.

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6. Scribe Media ($15.6M/year)

Tucker Max (from Austin, Texas, USA) started Scribe Media about 8 years ago.

Revenue
$1.3M / month
Team
2 founders / 51 employees
Location
Austin, Texas, USA

Case Study

My name is Tucker Max, and I'm a 4x New York Times Bestselling Author and the Co-Founder of Scribe Media.

Scribe does that—there are so many people who really want to turn their idea into a book, but they just don’t have the time, ability, or patience to do it the traditional way. We solve the problem. And even better, we solve their problem in a way that’s easier, cheaper and more effective than any other potential solution.

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7. Angelella Editorial ($54K/year)

Kate Angelella (from Baltimore, Maryland, USA) started Angelella Editorial over 8 years ago.

Revenue
$4.5K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees
Location
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Case Study

Hi! I’m Kate Angelella and I’m the owner of Angelella Editorial, a freelance editorial business that helps authors take their writing to the next level.

I started the business about five years ago as a sole proprietorship, but have since grown into a very different company with a brand new co-founder and a stable of eight amazing editors working as independent contractors for the company. Together, we provide author coaching, full and partial manuscript critiques, authenticity reading, ghostwriting, and book doctoring. Basically, we help authors who have taken their novels as far as they can take them on their own by giving them feedback on their stories and helping them navigate the next steps in their literary journeys.

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8. Dean Bokhari ($1.44M/year)

Dean Bokhari (from Irvine, CA, USA) started Dean Bokhari over 1 year ago.

Revenue
$120K / month
Team
1 founders / 17 employees

Case Study

Hi! My name is Dean Bokhari, and I’m the founder of DeanBokhari.com - a membership platform focused on inspiring people to improve their lives and achieve their goals.

These days, about half a million people read or listen to my work every month. It’s both fun and fulfilling to help others grow. And it’s financially rewarding, too—our revenues are over $100,000 per month.

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9. Advantage Media ($18M/year)

Adam Witty (from Charleston, South Carolina, USA) started Advantage Media about 17 years ago.

Revenue
$1.5M / month
Team
1 founders / 81 employees
Location
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Case Study

Adam Witty is the Founder & CEO of Advantage|ForbesBooks and has built the company into one of the largest business book publishers in America, serving over 1,500 Authors in all 50 U.S. states and 63 countries.

Advantage|ForbesBooks is the pioneer of pain-free book creation. Our famed Talk Your Book® and Ghostwriting programs have helped over 1,500 entrepreneurs, CEOs and professionals create a book in 10 to 24 hours of their time over the course of six months.

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10. The Language Delegate ($36K/year)

Pat Stainke (from Donna, Texas, USA) started The Language Delegate almost 9 years ago.

Revenue
$3K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees
Location
Donna, Texas, USA

Case Study

Hi. My name is Pat, and I serve my clients as The Language Delegate. In the course of any given day, I coach others in the fine points of writing, edit their works before they publish, enhance a descriptive scene in a novel, translate a chapter, proofread magazine copy, or give a second language learner's paper a more natural flow. My clients come from all walks of life: entrepreneurs who need support in the written aspects of business, doctoral candidates, first-time authors, small publishing houses, pastors transforming a sermon series into a book, magazine editors, travel groups, office clerks responsible for special reports, French authors seeking a translation to English, and students writing personal statements in their second language. And that’s just for starters!

It took me a little more than three years to build my business up to full time. I now make about $4,000/month, working an average of 25 billable hours a week. It was a great day when I no longer had to work a second job to pay the bills while building the business!

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11. Platypus Publishing ($287K/year)

Matt Rudntsky (from Austin) started Platypus Publishing over 8 years ago.

Revenue
$23.9K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees
Location
Austin

Case Study

I’m Matt Rudnitsky, and I’ve been helping people write books for over five years. My company is called Platypus Publishing, and we have two flagship products.

For those who have no budget or prefer to do it all themselves, I offer a 220-page, DIY guide for free. It’s called, You Are an Author: So Write Your F*cking Book. For select clients, I also offer coaching, consulting and editing services.

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12. Mouse Book Club ($120K/year)

David Dewane (from Chicago, Illinois, USA) started Mouse Book Club over 5 years ago.

Revenue
$10K / month
Team
4 founders / 0 employees
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Case Study

My name is David Dewane and I’m the co-founder and president of the Mouse Book Club. We make phone-sized physical books you carry around with you so that you have a decent alternative to reading your phone.

So far, we have mailed over 40,000 books to 60+ countries and all 50 states. We’ve done about $170,000 in sales in the first two years.

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13. Finn and Remy, LLC ($24K/year)

Jane Du (from Dallas, Texas, USA) started Finn and Remy, LLC about 5 years ago.

Revenue
$2K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees
Location
Dallas, Texas, USA

Case Study

I am Jane, an artist and an author. I am mom to two boys, Finnegan (3.5) and Remington (1.5), who are the inspiration behind the cute hedgehog characters in my books and a lot of my art. I (until very recently, used to) live in Dallas with one husband, two boys, three dogs, and five chickens.

I also make inspirational art prints and cute T’s for adults and kids alike.

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14. The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management ($6M/year)

Steve Denning (from Washington D.C., DC, USA) started The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management over 12 years ago.

Revenue
$500K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study
  • Steve Denning is the author of the award-winning books,
  • The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Re-inventing the Workplace for the 21st Century, The Secret Language of Leadership and The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling.

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15. Little Soap Company ($7.2M/year)

Founded by Emma Heathcote-James in 2008, Little Soap Company really is a kitchen table to supermarket shelf story.

Emma Heathcote-James (from Broadway, UK) started Little Soap Company over 14 years ago.

Revenue
$600K / month
Team
1 founders / 11 employees

Case Study
  • As a youngster, Emma grew up using soap her Granny collected on her travels. Pure, natural soap, free from any chemicals was the norm for the family.
  • Emma began making handmade soaps from her kitchen table.
  • She makes her products organic to hit the supermarket shelves.
  • Emma has four collections sold in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Booths, Boots, Ocado, Amazon. She also sells her products wholesale into other stores.
  • Her full name Emma Heathcote-James as on LinkedIn profile, with the number of 5.9k followers there.

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Read the full story on thebusinessbarn.co.uk ➜

16. Cary Jack - The Happy Hustle ($300K/year)

Cary Jack is a lifestyle entrepreneur, founder & author of The Happy Hustle, top 1% globally ranked podcast host, int’l keynote speaker, professional actor/model, biohacker, eco-outdoorsman, and humanitarian striving to make a positive impact on this planet. Top 3 Value Bombs: 1. The 3-day effect states that those in nature for 3 days show lower pre-frontal cortex activity responsible for stress and anxiety. That means lower pressure, improved memory, elevated mood, better sleep, increased self-esteem, better vitamin absorption and so on. 2. Whether you come to Montana and do the Montana Mastermind Epic Camping Adventure or you just go to the wilderness on your own, it’s highly recommended to integrate more nature in your life. 3. Focus on becoming a conscious consumer to support corporations that have sustainable supply chains so that we can protect our planet for future generations to enjoy. Check out Cary's video to learn more about his Montana Mastermind. Apply and get a $500 discount - Sponsors: : Learn how to grow better by connecting your people, your customers, and your business at ! : A graphic design platform where anyone can easily craft professional and unique visual content for social media and digital marketing in minutes! Visit today to try it for free!

Cary Jack (from Bozeman, MT, USA) started Cary Jack - The Happy Hustle ago.

Revenue
$25K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Cary Jack is a lifestyle entrepreneur, founder & author of The Happy Hustle, top 1% globally ranked podcast host, int’l keynote speaker, professional actor/model, biohacker, eco-outdoorsman, and humanitarian striving to make a positive impact on this planet. Top 3 Value Bombs: 1. The 3-day effect states that those in nature for 3 days show lower pre-frontal cortex activity responsible for stress and anxiety. That means lower pressure, improved memory, elevated mood, better sleep, increased self-esteem, better vitamin absorption and so on. 2. Whether you come to Montana and do the Montana Mastermind Epic Camping Adventure or you just go to the wilderness on your own, it’s highly recommended to integrate more nature in your life. 3. Focus on becoming a conscious consumer to support corporations that have sustainable supply chains so that we can protect our planet for future generations to enjoy. Check out Cary's video to learn more about his Montana Mastermind. Apply and get a $500 discount - Sponsors: : Learn how to grow better by connecting your people, your customers, and your business at ! : A graphic design platform where anyone can easily craft professional and unique visual content for social media and digital marketing in minutes! Visit today to try it for free!

17. The Bootstrapped Founder ($6K/year)

Daniel Vassallo (@dvassallo) and Arvid Kahl (@arvidkahl) have both already made it as indie hackers. They join Courtland (@csallen) and Channing (@ChanningAllen) to discuss making money as an indie hacker, designing your life after you reach financial freedom, avoiding risk, mitigating inflation, and whether or not college is worth it.

Arvid Kahl (from Toronto, Ontario, Canada) started The Bootstrapped Founder over 3 years ago.

Revenue
$500 / month
Team
1 founders / employees

Case Study
  • Arvid Kahl launched The Bootstrapped Founder in 2019 - a blogging platform about bootstrapping.
  • In his blog, he discusses his experiences building and selling FeedbackPanda, a SaaS provider for online teacher productivity, in just two years.
  • Arvid makes $500/mo from The Bootstrapped Founder.
  • His newsletter on The Bootstrapped Founder has more than 2500 subscribers.
  • He uses Twitter to promote his blogging website to his 79.7K followers.

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Read the full article on balancethegrind.co ➜

18. Merrative ($24K/year)

Harshala Chavan (from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) started Merrative about 2 years ago.

Revenue
$2K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

I am Harshala Chavan from Mumbai India - a maker, community-builder, and writer in the publishing and content industry.

Today, Merrative can provide on average USD 200 worth of projects to our talent. We generate on an average USD 1500 per month in marketplace transactions and are hungry to scale up!

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