Definition of earn something out in English:

earn something out

phrasal verb

  • (of an author, book, recording artist, etc.) generate sufficient income through sales to equal the amount paid in an advance or royalty:

    ‘four out of five of his books did not earn out their advance’
    • ‘For your first novel the sales figures they want are the ones that earn out your advance.’
    • ‘I can also assure you that most books never earn out their advance.’
    • ‘The distinguished lady novelist who boasted proudly that her books always earned out their advances.’
    • ‘So it may be the case that a writer gets one big advance, which is not earned out, and then - turn out the light.’
    • ‘Miss Smith, we gather, is a little worried that she has not earned out her advance.’
    • ‘It was one of these cult success books, but it never earned out its advance - everybody loved it but no one wanted to buy it.’