Ever thought of wiring that great novel and watching it sail to the top of the bestsellers list? Then you could retire in style! Just for inspiration, here is the Forbes List of the Top 10 author earnings from last year. Click on their names and you’ll pop to each author’s website.
#1. James Patterson – $70 Million
You can read a few pages from his newest thriller, The Postcard Killers, right on his website.
#2. Stephenie Meyer – $40 Million
For fans of her vampire series, she mentions that Breaking Dawn has just been released in paperback!
#3. Stephen King – $34 Million
In my “loved it but can’t seem to finish it” pile, Under The Dome is his newest tome. While you’re at the sight, check out his “King’s Empire” photo challenge! Take a picture of a local business or landmark that features anything “King-esque” and submit it to his site for posting. This looks like fun!
#4. Danielle Steel – $32 Million
She has a Facebook page, so if you’re a fan, become a friend and watch for updates and info from Danielle Steel herself. (Or at least, her publicity agent).
#5. Ken Follett – $20 Million
If you’re interested in his take on writing, go to the Masterclass page on his website. He offers great tips for would-be writers.
#6. Dean Koontz – $18 Million
Koontz is one of the newest authors to venture into the world of children’s books, with his picture book entitled Trixie & Jinx.
#7. Janet Evanovich – $16 Million
You can also read excerpts from her latest books and see pictures of the places that inspire her novel settings.
#8. John Grisham – $15 Million
Grisham is another best-selling thriller writer who also has ventured into Young Adult and Children’s literature, his latest being Theodore Boone : Kid Lawyer.
#9. Nicholas Sparks - $14 Million
Many of Sparks’ novels have been made into box office smashes, so if you’re not sure if you’d like to invest a few days in one of his books, stop by your video store and rent one of his movies. His website also boasts an interesting map where you can see the places all of his books have been published.
# 10. J. K. Rowling - $10 Million
Her website is very interactive and VERY interesting! Look around the site for secret Harry Potter items and watch them collect in your special notebook. Fun!