2010 Highest Paid Authors List
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)
With a bank breaking deal of $100 million for writing 17 books by 2013, James Patterson is expected to stay at the top of the list. Did you know Mr. Patterson doesn't have a computer in his home office and still writes all his novels longhand?
Ms. Meyers made her dough through of course books sales, (despite not having actually written a new book last year) but also through her movie adaptions. $7 million of the 40 was made through the adaptions last year and the third twilight movie adaption grossed $165 million within it's first 6 days.