Yes, it's always good to see that books are still selling well enough to make some serious money for a handful of authors, but come on, world, can't we do better than this?
1. E.L. James ($95 million) - for poorly written soft porn?
2. James Patterson ($91 million) - for books he doesn't even to pretend he writes himself anymore?
3. Suzanne Collins ($55 million) - for milking a one-trick pony series way beyond the point it deserved
4. Bill O'Reilly ($28 million) - for a co-written series of pop history books and regurgitating the same old mantra to the faithful
5. Danielle Steel ($26 million) - on average, more than 3 romance titles per year - and it shows
6. Jeff Kinney ( $24 million) - I'll give you this one, world. The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books are exceptional and young readers seem to love them
7. Janet Evanovich ($24 million) - How many times can an author write the same old book over and over again?
8. Nora Roberts ($23 million) - Just the cover of a Nora Roberts book is enough to make a reader cringe
9. Dan Brown ($22 million) - Proving that a very nice living can be made from poorly written conspiracy theory novels
10. Stephen King ($20 million) - Still has his moments but is starting to become a parody of himself lately
11. Dean Koontz ($20 million) - A whole career that would probably never happened if not for Stephen King's success in kickstarting a dead genre...interesting that he made almost exactly the same amount of money that "the master" made last year
12. John Grisham ($18 million) - Like King, Grisham still has his moments but does seem to be slipping
13. David Baldacci ($15 million) - Maybe it's me, but I just don't get David Baldacci's tremendous success
14. J.K. Rowling ($13 million) - Not bad considering that no new Potter books were released
15. George R.R. Martin ($12 million) - Thrones, thrones, thrones, everywhere, it seems; a one-trick pony who owes much of his success to the HBO network
I think it is a shame that more literary authors never come close to earning this kind of money. But who ever said the world was fair?
Rant over; feel free to throw rocks at me. I even supplied the rocks for you.