Tuesday, August 24, 2010

10 Highest Paid Authors

    Forbes just released its 10 highest-paid authors list a couple days ago, making a combined $270 million in the past 12 months up to June 1. James Patterson tops the list with $70 million, Stephanie Meyers comes in second with $40 million---not too bad for not even writing a book last year---and Stephen King comes in third with a handsome $38 million, rounding up our top hitters. But not to fear our Harry Potter fans, although it was a slow year for J.K. Rowling, she still makes the list at no.10 with $10 million. Are there any authors that surprised you who made the list?

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.

20 comments:

La Coccinelle said...

I'm not surprised by any of those, but I am a bit disgusted that Stephenie Meyer is #2. That just goes to show that life is not at all fair.

I am surprised to hear that James Patterson writes longhand, though. I can't imagine having to write 17 books by hand in the next 3 years. Ouch! (Plus, he must go through a lot of pens.)

Man of la Books said...

These aren't authors - these are industries who specialize in books and book related merchandise.

Much like N'Sync aren't really a group, but more a product.

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StephTheBookworm said...

Definitely not surprised by any of them. Thanks for sharing that list. Very interesting!

reederreads said...

I can't believe that James Patterson writes all his novel without the use of a computer - that's impressive! Some of the people on this list disappointed me, but I do understand the reasons as to why they are the list. Thanks for sharing

Missy said...

James Patterson is a good writer. I love Twilight, but I'm having a hard time with Stephenie being #2 on this list ... especially the way she keeps putting off her fans because she doesn't want to write.

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jen7waters said...

Hey Kika!

J.K.Rowling used to rule that list...

KIKA said...

La Coccinelle: Seriously, writing even one novel long hand makes my fingers ache :)

Man of La Books: Kind of like the equivalent of a band that "sells out"?

Steph: ofcourse! thanks for stopping by

Reederreads: Seriously! it's kind of ironic when reading about how well his digital formats are when he doesn't even have a computer in his office. and I feel the same way about the list, thanks for stopping by!

Missy: She tends to be the one stirring up the most heat on this list, and thanks for the award!

Jen: Hey Jen! *waves* so good to see you. and yes, she also dominated a lot of other lists as well :) did you know they had to make a separate New York Times best selling list for childrens books when the first Harry Potter books came out, just to give other authors a chance to get on the list?

Black Disaster Fairy said...

WOW! 6 out of the 10 I have never even read. But I'm a huge Patterson fan :)

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KIKA said...

Black Disaster Fairy: LoL that's exactly what I thought when I saw the list, I know about 8 of the authors but have only read about 4 of them hehe

Midnight Bloom said...

I was dropping by from the hop and sort of scrolled down to see this post! So informative and wow! That's a lot of money made for those authors...

Emidy (Une Parole) said...

Thanks so much for posting this - it's really interesting! I'm not at all surprised by Meyer... and I'm glad that J.K. Rowling is still making a fair (hah) amount of money. I love her books!

Shannon (Giraffe Days) said...

It's also clear, from looking at this list, where the real money lies: even though Sparks ad Patterson, for example, have their books in the regular fiction section next to Tolstoy and Austen and Saramago (only, I think, because we haven't yet come up with new genre names for their type of books), the real money is in writing popular fiction - aka genre fiction.

Ugh, I can't stand Danielle Steele!! I've read books by all these authors except for Nicholas Sparks (just can't quite bring myself to do it) and Janet Evanovich (I have one of her books but haven't got around to it yet), and I'd say, as a book snob, that the calibre is overall pretty low. Love Rowling, and Follett deserves some cash for the amount of effort he puts in, but James Patterson I can't understand! I read one of his and it was awful!

Emily said...

Honestly, I not-so-secretly think Patterson doesn't even write his own books any more! I just can't believe that he does, not the rate that he pumps them out. I work at a book store and I feel like he's got one - sometimes two - coming out each month!

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Oye..that's a mostly scary list, with a few exceptions. I love Evanovich. Her books are fun. Rowling deserves to be on their because Harry Potter is and always will be fantastic fiction...

Danielle Steel is...oye. I've read a few of her books lately because I've got them laying around my house and she's the worst writer...I won't even start to discuss Stephanie Meyer, because I'm not a fan of Twilight.

All I can say is..wowzas at their salaries...

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Loni said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Really enjoyed this post. I recognize all the names, but I've only read three of the authors. I wonder if the list is going to change next year.

Loni said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Really enjoyed this post. I recognize all the names, but I've only read three of the authors. I wonder if the list is going to change next year.

Paperback Writer said...

I remember seeing this pop up on the AP Wire at work... very cool article!!

The Bookish Type said...

I found this info really interesting. It says a lot about our society. I love that JK Rowling is still on it, even though the last Harry Potter came out 3 years ago (god, has it really been that long??)

I'm stopping by on the hop - you've got some great content!

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okbolover said...

Patterson writes his novels LONG HAND?????? seriously????? how does he get so many releases in a year though? does he write super fast? ;) he's a good author tho...it's no wonder he's at the top.

Hi from the Hop, btw.