Forbes has released a piece looking at the top authors in the world today, and while men still lead, a couple of our favorite female authors made the cut.
J.K. Rowling received an $8 million advance thanks to The Casual Vacancy which pushed her into the top earners despite no new Potter books, while Suzanne Collins saw her bank soar thanks to The Hunger Games‘ film success.
The full list…
1) James Patterson: $94 million
2) Stephen King: $39 million
3) Janet Evanovich: $33 million
4) John Grisham: $26 million
5) Jeff Kinney: $25 million
6) Bill O’Reilly: $24 million
7) Nora Roberts: $23 million
8) Danielle Steel: $23 million
9) Suzanne Collins: $20 million
10) Dean Koontz: $19 million
11) J.K. Rowling: $17 million
12) George R.R. Martin: $15 million
13) Stephenie Meyer: $14 million
14) Ken Follett: $14 million
15) Rick Riordan: $13 million
Meanwhile, E.L. James’ three books in the Fifty Shades trilogy have been selling at a wild pace for months, earning her a reported $1.6 million a week. For that reason she’s expected to be included in next year’s list.
Do you see any surprises on this year’s list by Forbes?