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The Sims 3: Writing Guide - List of All Book Types for Writers

Write Books and Become a Master Author

Sims 3 Writing Guide  |  Good Traits for Writers  |  List of All Book Types Sims Write
Writing Challenges, Opportunities and Wishes
Reading a book in the Sims 3

This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

This is a list of all book types that authors can write in the Sims 3. Use it to help choose what types of books to write to maximize your profit. For example, books like dramas can take a long time to write, yet provide relatively low profit from royalty checks compared to books of similar size. In the table, look to the profitability column for my rating of how much profit you get per page out of a book type.

Book GenreSkill Level
or Other Requirement
Skill Journal
Royalty Rating
How Many Pages?Average Royalty
Book Type
Profitability Per Page
ArticleJournalism Level 3N/A80 1 time $200Low
Auto BiographyWritten 3 Biographies31601 time $800Low
BiographyOffered through Writing Opportunities31601 time $800Low, but can boost relations with other Sims
Children'sLevel 3 Writing, Level 4 Painting1105$450/weekMedium-High
DramaWriting Level 32305$600/weekMedium-Low
FantasyWrite 3 Sci-Fi Books3440$1300/weekMedium
FictionAvailable at Start190$130/weekQuite Low
HistoricalWriting Level 6, Be an Elder3505$1300/weekMedium
HumorWriting Level 5. 3 For Good Sense of Humor2340$500/weekMedium-High
Life StoryLevel 10 Career Opportunity3400$2,000 1 timeHigh
MasterpieceWrite 25 Books52,000$13,000+/weekCrazy High!
MysteryWriting Level 83500$1200+/weekMedium
Non-FictionAvailable at Start190$130/weekQuite Low
Political MemoirLeader of the Free World Political Opportunity3400$2,000 1 timeHigh
ReportLaw Enforcement Level 3N/AN/AN/AUsed by Law Enforcement as Career Requirement
RomanceWriting 10, Level 6 for Hopeless Romantics4650$3,000Quite High
SatireWrite 3 Humor Books3350$1300High
Science FictionLevel 1 Writing, or at Start for Computer Whiz1150$300Low
TrashyWriting Level 2 or At Start for Inappropriate1190$350Low
VaudevilleWrite the following:
2 Drama Books
2 Humor Books
2 Mystery Books
2 Romance Books
2 Sci-Fi Books
41250$6,000Quite High
The Sims 3 Skills
Advanced TechAlchemyAthleticBot MakingCharismaCollectingConsignment
Laser RhythmLogicMartial ArtsMixologyNectar MakingPaintingPhotography
RidingScienceScuba DivingSculptingSocial NetworkingStreet ArtWriting

Comments (21)

Holly says...
Hello (: I've found that my hopeless romantic writer can write romance books at level 5, not 6.
21st June 2014 2:59pm
horseangel38 says...
You forgot to add Horror and Poetry books to the list...My Sim has option to write them, but every time I try to make him write a poetry book or a horror book he jumps up from the computer, so please tell how to write those 2 kinds of books and what level they have to be at to write them.
21st September 2012 3:18am
Leto85 says...
That sound like a bug to me. Have you already tried to reset your sim before trying this again?
Press Ctrl+Shift+C and type in 'resetsim name of sim' and press enter. 'Name of sim' should be replaced by the actual name of your sim.
3rd October 2012 12:05pm
Just Replying says...
I heard they where part of the SN pack, but they messed up or it glitched or something, and it was somehow loaded into a patch.
4th October 2012 1:09am
senyaberith says...
The poetry genre is unlocked from the start with the brooding skill :)
11th June 2014 1:46pm
allyxE says...
How do I buy books my SIM has written?
15th April 2014 2:07pm
Alibar says...
You buy your sim's books in the computer. Choose writing->Buy written books.
20th April 2014 3:25pm
Lexmechanic says...
Hey Carl, could you also add Comics to the list? They were added with UL, I can only assume. In the skill journal it says they average 61 pages and have a 1 for royalty rating.
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll be attempting to update all lists to finalize the Guide over the next few months. This includes things like LTWs, LTRs, Deaths, and possibly a new section on Transportation. I'm doing these updates myself and it will take quite some time to have everything done, while some things are obviously lower priority (like book types) and will come later in the process.
20th October 2013 11:17pm
DMa says...
I think it did come with University Life because it increases Street Art Skill in addition to Writing Skill. I had one of my sims write to help with her Illustrious Author lifetime wish, she wrote 3 comics, already went to level 4 in both writing and street art skills. I'm going to try to make her a comic specialist and then have her write a satire (which, I think came from writing 2 comics for some reason...)
31st October 2013 5:14am
Pirate34 says...
I've found that with university life installed Sports books are the best money/words to write; I was getting $1000-$3000 a book and writing 3 books a day.
9th April 2013 1:00am
Rowan says...
Very true. My sim wrote a sports book for the first time recently and it took so little time to write, and made so much money, my sim hasn't really written any books other than sports just because of the amazingness of the genre.
23rd September 2013 7:04pm
Steph says...
Also with University Life you can now write comics on computers, which raises both the writing and painting skills.
1st April 2013 10:00am
Savannah says...
You need to add Horror and Poetry, and Now there's comics with university
26th March 2013 10:25pm
DFTBA says...
Now with University Life EP I think you have to be a a level 2 jock or something but at level 3 writing you can write a sports book.
24th March 2013 3:22am
Savannah says...
Nope, you don't need to have a level with the jocks, but I think you do need to have a level 3 writer
26th March 2013 10:28pm
robbo316 says...
For everybody who's complaining that there are books that have been "forgotten" or "missed"; this article was written when sims 3 originally came out (2009?). Supernatural came out, what, 3 weeks ago?
24th December 2012 11:45pm
HeartfiliaRah says...
You forgot about Horror novels
2nd December 2012 7:04pm
A Question says...
Does anybody know if reading books have any effect on quality of books?
10th November 2012 10:15pm
Cathy W says...
I don't think it impacts the quality, but I've heard that at 50 books read there's a bonus to writing speed.
4th February 2013 1:21pm
TeeferTiger says...
I have the same problem with the books, resetsim doesn't work so I figured it was a game glitch which might work if/when I buy the supernatural expansion pack.
24th October 2012 1:52pm
sickwithsin says...
The skill journal in-game has Biographies listed at 400 pages, not 160 pages.
1st July 2014 7:05pm
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