Reading and Writing Miscellany

The 10 Highest-Paid Authors

the big moneyForbes published an article that lists the top 10 highest-paid authors based on the time period from June 2009 through June 2010. Earnings are based on the sale of books, film rights, television, gaming deals, and other income.

I reproduced the list here (or you can view Forbes' picture slide-show):

  1. James Patterson ($70 million)
  2. Stephenie Meyer ($40 million)
  3. Stephen King ($34 million)
  4. Danielle Steel ($32 million)
  5. Ken Follett ($20 million)
  6. Dean Koontz ($18 million)
  7. Janet Evanovich ($16 million)
  8. John Grisham ($15 million)
  9. Nicholas Sparks ($14 million)
  10. J.K. Rowling ($10 million)

Here's some tidbits I pulled from watching the slide-show:

  • One out of every 17 novels bought in the U.S. is authored by Patterson.
  • King is currently involved in the Haven television series on the SyFy channel which is based on his novella, The Colorado Kid. (I read The Colorado Kid and I still don't see the connection, but that was a long time ago so maybe I need to give it another read)
  • Steele collected a reported $1 million from a settlement brought about by a former assistant who was convicted of embezzling $760,000 (once again proving that having lots of money isn't always a good thing; buy, hey, Steele came out $240,000 richer for her efforts)
  • Koontz has produced forty-four New York Times bestsellers.
  • Evanovich changed publishers when her now former publisher refused to agree to a $50 million advance that the author wanted for her next novel.
  • Earlier this year Grisham's entire 23-title backlist made its digital debut as Random House e-books.
  • Surprisingly, Rowling rounds out the list at the bottom. Don't feel sorry for Rowling, though; she's still a billionaire.

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Comments (2) -

  • Steven Till
    I would have thought Rowling would have been at the top. None of the names on the list really surprised me, just the order.

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