Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The World's Top Earning Authors per Forbes Magazine

Forbes has released their yearly list of the world's top earning authors and it's been noted how some of the top money makers are women!

The 15 top-earning authors are:
James Patterson: $94 million.
Stephen King: $39 million.
Janet Evanovich: $33 million.
John Grisham: $26 million.
Jeff Kinney, $25 million.
Bill O'Reilly: $24 million.
Nora Roberts: $23 million.
Danielle Steel: $23 million.
Suzanne Collins: $20 million.
Dean Koontz: $19 million.
JK Rowling: $17 million.
George R.R. Martin: $15 million.
Stephenie Meyer: $14 million.
Ken Follett: $14 million.
Rick Riordan: $13 million.

Other interesting things noted in the article:

-Suzanne Collins is still on the list this year because of her earnings from The Hunger Games movie. "Collins’s cut of that is believed to be upward of $5 million, not including the $1.5 million she was paid for the rights." *she sold her movie rights for less than E.L. James. James sold her movie rights for Fifty Shades for $5 million. Hm.*

-E.L. James is mentioned and we should expect her to be on this list next year. And thank you for Forbes saying James wasn't influenced by Twilight but- "Perhaps “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer deserves a cut of that? James’s books originated as works of “Twilight” fan fiction." Also, "the erotic novels were estimated to be generating as much as $1.3 million per week for their author, E.L. James. And that’s not counting the $5 million she received from Universal Pictures and Focus Films for the theatrical rights. Add it all up and James is assured of a place near the top of next year’s top authors list." *wouldn't it be funny if she takes over the #1 spot away from Patterson?*

This cover really bores me.

-We finally learn how much of an advance J.K. Rowling received for The Casual Vacancy: "In September, Little, Brown will publish “The Casual Vacancy,” Rowling’s first novel for adults. The reported $8 million advance Rowling received for the book was enough to vault her back onto the Celebrity 100, with $17 million in estimated earnings." I think J.K. should have gotten double that advance, but I don't think she'll have any problem in making back her advance. I do believe The Casual Vacancy will be the book to finally unseat Fifty Shades of Grey from the #1 spot on all book lists. If not, then the end of the world is eminent. If Rowling can't, then who?

I've read 8 out of the 15 authors on the list. There's a wide variety here crossing all genres from young adult to romance and mystery and middle grade books. Out of this list, which authors are your favorite to read? How many of you will read Rowling's The Casual Vacancy when it's release?



Mandi said...

Not interested in Rowling's new book. Fun to look at this list!

KB/KT Grant said...

I'm dying for Myer's sequel to The Host! I needs it. *sad KB*

You and I are the only ones who don't want to read Rowling? heh.

Nifty said...

Nora Roberts. I really enjoyed her new book this year (The Witness).