Friday, October 3, 2008

The World's Best Paid Authors

There was an interesting article in Forbes recently called The World's Best Paid Authors .
For any writers out there it will either give you hope....or make you feel like an utter failure!

While the publishing industry has struggled to come up with a "Happily Ever After" storyline in recent years, there's still plenty of money to be made in the business of books...In fact, the 10 stars on our list of the best-paid authors pulled in a combined $563 million between June 1, 2007, and June 1, 2008, thanks to hefty advances, impressive sales and silver screen adaptations.
Topping the list: J.K. Rowling, who banked a jaw-dropping $300 million over the course of the year...
James Patterson places second on the list, raking in a cool $50 million during the 12-month period...
Coming in third: Stephen King, who earned $45 million over the course of the year.
Tom Clancy places fourth, banking $35 million this year...
And Danielle Steel rounds out the top five, earning $30 million.

Others on the list: Nicholas Sparks, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, Dean Koontz and, thanks to a little Oprah magic, Ken Follett. Last year she chose Follett's 1989 novel Pillars of the Earth for her viewers, turning it into a bestseller. With friends like that, who needs a new book?

They say, you know, that even in a bad economy, sales of alcohol and books will still be good. Maybe because addicts buy them both? lol


  1. Unbelievable. Better authors than athletes or movie stars, in my opinion.

  2. it is a lot of money, but yes, I agree I would it go to an author...'cause I don't like sports and books are way better than movies!

  3. I think you may be on to something there! :-)

  4. about the addicts? as I consider how high my TBR pile can get before gravity topples it over...yes, there may be something to


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