Highest Paid Authors

The new Forbes just listed the world’s 10 best-paid authors (from July1, 2007 to June 30,2008 ).

1. JK Rowling – $300 million – I have nothing but the highest respect for her (and a special wizard named Harry).  Good for her.

2. James Patterson – $50 million – I’ve read several of his books this year.  I think he may be a bit overpaid, but hey, I’m sure that comes from jealousy.

3. Stephen King – $45 million – Good for him.  Well deserved!

4. Tom Clancy – $35 million – I’ve only ever read The Hunt for Red October, so okay.

5. Danielle Steel – $30 million – She writes the same book over and over and women love it.  If it ain’t broke…

6. John Grisham – $25 million – Seems about right since many of his books are made into movies.

7. Dean Koontz – $25 million – He deserves every penny.

8. Ken Follett – $20 million – Oh, the power of Oprah who chose Pillars of the Earth for her book club (and I reviewed it here).

9. Janet Evanovich – $17 million – I like her books and it’s nice to see another woman on this list.

10. Nicholas Sparks – $16 million – That’s why there was a four hour wait to meet him, Kathy 🙂

3 thoughts on “Highest Paid Authors

  1. bermudaonion says:

    That’s a lot of money, but I personally think authors deserve it more than athletes or actors. Of course, I’m a little biased. Also – I found out the day after the book signing that Nicholas Sparks used to live in Simpsonville! No wonder he has so many fans here.

    Now the wait makes sense! I agree about the money. It’s nice to see some authors, the best of the bestsellers, make lots of money.

  2. donstuff says:

    I checked the list, hoping I made it. I guess I’d have to actually write a book rather than read them. Hmmm.

    There’s always next year. You’d better get busy 🙂

  3. Elena says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with bermuda onion. When I hear about how much athletes and actors and CEOs who have run companies into the ground make, then I believe there’s no limit to what an author should be compensated for his or her work.

    I know. It’s nice to see people getting paid to use their minds!

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