Saturday, October 04, 2008

Big Bucks for Books

Some writers, and we all know their names, have a real knack for selling huge quantities of the books they write every year. Their very names have become brands that appear on the covers of their books in a larger font size than the title of the book itself. Forbes has just published a list of the authors who put the most money in the bank between June 2007 and June 2008. There aren't many surprises:

J.K. Rowling, $300 million

James Patterson, $50 million

Stephen King, $45 million

Tom Clancy, $35 million

Danielle Steel, $30 million

John Grisham, $25 million

Dean Koontz, $25 million

Ken Follett, $20 million

Janet Evanovich, $17 million

Nicholas Sparks, $16 million
I can't imagine how Ms. Rowling can get by on only $822,000 a day, so I really have to feel sorry for Janet Evanovich having to limp along on her $47,000 a day stipend. They don't call them best sellers for nothing, do they?


  1. Are we talking after tax/agent dollars here? Not that it would make that much difference. Why, oh why am I not a best selling author? Or just filthy rich, really.

  2. No, these would be gross dollars - in every sense of the word, of course. :-)