Top Earning Authors for 2012: J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins & George R.R. Martin

Forbes has released their annual top earning authors list and it looks like women are finally on the rise!

J.K. Rowling received an $8 million advance thanks to The Casual Vacancy which pushed her into the top earners, despite the lack of Potter books, while Suzanne Collins has reaped a load of money through the The Hunger Games‘ film success.

If you’re looking for E.L. James, look again next year because her 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.

As a librarian I am not at all surprised to see Nora Roberts still up there with Stephen King and James Patterson. Their books are immensely popular and the most borrowed books to date!

Check out the full list below:
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

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About Josephine Hardy

A 26-year-old writer from Melbourne, Australia currently living with her husband in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Content Marketing Producer at Simply Measured, hobby genealogist, cat lover, and world traveler.

Posted on August 16, 2012, in Book News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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