Below is the list of the ten highest paid authors of our times. None of my favorite authors are in it. See if any of yours are.
1. JK Rowling - $300m (£170m)
2. James Patterson - $50m (£28m)
3. Stephen King - $45m (£25m)
4. Tom Clancy - $35m (£20m)
5. Danielle Steel - $30m (£17m)
6. John Grisham - $25m (£14m)
6. Dean Koontz - $25m (£14m)
8. Ken Follett - $20m (£11m)
9. Janet Evanovich - $17m (£10m)
10. Nicholas Sparks - $16m (£9m)
Read more here.
I think this correlates with my theorem on book classics ;)
I enjoyed the Harry Potter books quite a bit (except for the 5th and 7th), but I wouldn't call Rowling one of my favorite authors. I think there's a difference between enjoying a book (or any media) and thinking that book is good.
I agree with sra.
it's almost perturbing though that these people make as much as they do. grrrh
For some reason I wasn't expecting Shakespeare of Dante to make the list.
Call me a cynic.
So judging by this list I can self-define as indie!
That's why my favorite have to be ordered in indie sites and take some time to get here.....
I never got the whole Potter-mania. Can't read any of that stuff. And more importantly, I can't understand for the world of me why these books are so widely read.
Too escapist a fad, it seems like.....
Yeah, none of these cats are people I read.
And I read.
Hmm. As a Lit person I can say I feel unrepresented. I go through hundreds of titles a year and, I'm sorry to say, I have no clue who these people are. With the exception of Grisham, that is. But that relationship is less than marginal, really. Can't say I've read him closely.
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