Monday, October 6, 2008

from Forbes

Forbes Magazine

Write big books, earn big bucks. Forbes magazine featured its annual "The World's Best Paid Authors" list of 10 bestselling writers who "pulled in a combined $563 million between June 1, 2007, and June 1, 2008, thanks to hefty advances, impressive sales and silver screen adaptations."

This years Forbes list includes:

  1. J.K. Rowlings ($300 million)
  2. James Patterson ($50 million)
  3. Stephen King ($45 million)
  4. Tom Clancy ($35 million)
  5. Danielle Steel ($30 million)
  6. John Grisham (tied $25 million)
  7. Dean Koontz (tied $25 million)
  8. Ken Follet ($20 million)
  9. Janet Evanovich ($17 million)
  10. Nicholas Sparks ($16 million)


Kate Wicker said...

Wouldn't I love to see my name on that list one of these days (this would require that I actually work on my fiction again, which has been sorely ignored since I became a mom)? Of course, writing is so much more than a way to make money for me. It's catharsis, a way to sort out me feelings, a form of entertainment (reading and writing are my two favorite ways to unwind at the end of the day), a way to document the silly things and touching memories my kids give me every day in the trenches of motherhood. It's even sometimes a way to pray. So even if I never make the Forbes list or even publish a novel, I'll keep writing.

Great blog, Patricia. Lots of great stuff for newbie and veteran writers alike!

Happy writing.


ChicChick said...

Ahhh, the dream! That's interesting info--I had no idea those authors made THAT kind of money. Wow.

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