What percentage of a book's cover price usually belongs to the author?

I understand that the percentages can vary greatly, depending on a multitude of factors, among them the specific terms of the negotiated contract between the author (and/or his/her agent) and the publishing company. But assuming it is a popular technical book, though not necessarily a bestseller, by a first-time author (and no literary agent involved), I am looking for an idea on the generally practiced/acceptable market range.

Asked By: lowonbrain - 5/16/2006
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By technical book, I assume you mean a nonfiction work that has a limited audience. If that's the case, you can expect to make about a dollar on every ten dollar book (retail) that you sell IF you are selling through a legitimate publisher. Standard percentages vary from ten to fifteen percent of the book's cover price... More
Answered By: FiveStarAuthor - 5/16/2006
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It just depends on the publisher. The artist gets a percent though. Tempra Collins Award-Winning, Best Selling Author
Answered By: Tempra C - 5/16/2006
it depends. it could be 5-12 % in where i live. i usually get 10%. here, it doesn't matter whether you're writing popular technical books, self-help, fiction, usually it's 10%... or sometimes 12% (bestseller).
Answered By: Tenshi - 5/17/2006
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