No realist ever said life is fair...no one with his eyes open ever believed it was.
According to Forbes magazine, these are the best paid writers from June 1, 2009 to June 1, 2010:
1. James Patterson at $70 million (one out of every seventeen novels bought are "written" by "the quickie")
2. Stephenie Meyer at $40 million (will the public never grow tired of vampires and werewolves?)
3. Stephen King at $34 million (I admit to having enjoyed a whole lot of King, and still look at his new books to see if they appeal to me)
4. Danielle Steele at $32 million (receives $7 million advance per book and had four new ones in the twelve month period)
5. Ken Follett at $20 million (I can live with this one, having enjoyed Pillars of the Earth and others of his - much of his earnings came from revived interest in Pillars)
6. Dean Koontz at $18 million (frankly, I used to think of Koontz as King-lite, but he has carved out a nice genre niche for himself)
7. Janet Evanovich at $16 million (astonishingly, she sells at an amazing annual pace and has a new publisher willing to give her an even more astonishing advance per book)
8. John Grisham at $15 million (the man has had some good moments, I agree)No, boys and girls, life is not fair, and this list proves it once again. Appealing to the lowest common denominator will beat out quality every single time, be it in books, movies, television or music.
9. Nicholas Sparks at $14 million (give me a break)
10. J.K. Rowling at $10 million (the billionaire writer falls all the way to number ten, poor thing)