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How much from the price of the book goes to the writer of the book? Where else does the rest of the money go to?

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Dear Pedro,
Thank you for your question. The usual publishing contract pays the author 5 - 15% of the cover price. The rest goes to production, promotion, and profit for the publisher.
One way to get around this is to self-publish. However, you have to pay a lot up front to have the books printed. Many self-published books lose money, because there's a tendency to give them away or let them sit in cartons in the garage.
If you have any further questions, feel free to write back again.
My page for writers on the Internet is:
http://steamboats.com/writing.html
Sincerely,
Nori

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