The 17 Top-Earning Authors – 2014


James Patterson tops the list. He has sold more than 300 million books and writes, or co-writes, up to 14 books a year. He has had 76 New York Times hardback best-sellers and he has worked full-time as an author for 18 years. Read more about him in our article, Literary Superman, which includes a section titled ‘James Patterson in Numbers‘ (as at March 2014)

The 17 Top-Earning Authors (See how they compare to the list of 2013)

  1. James Patterson – $90m
  2. Dan Brown – $28m
  3. Nora Roberts – $23 million
  4. Danielle Steell – $22m
  5. Janet Evanovich – $20m
  6. Jeff Kinney  – $17m
  7. Veronica Roth  – $17m
  8. John Grisham  – $17m
  9. Stephen King – $17m
  10. Suzanne Collins – $16m
  11. J. K. Rowling  – $14 million
  12. George R R Martin – $12 million
  13. David Baldacci – $11m
  14. Rick Riordan – $10 million
  15. E.L. James – $10 million
  16. Gillian Flynn – $9 million
  17. John Green $9 million

How was this list calculated? Natalie Robehmed from Forbes says, “We look at print, ebook and audiobook sales from Nielsen BookScan figures, consider TV and movie earnings and talk to authors, agents, publishers and other experts. Earnings are tabulated from June 2013 to June 2014 and are pretax; other fees are not deducted.”

What do you think of this list?

Source for list: Forbes

by Amanda Patterson

This article has 2 comments

  1. JAWAR

    Thank you for the list. It’s good to know what the top earners are doing in terms of revenue.

  2. Ferdinand Tjombe

    Interesting information about the strong earning potential for authors. Amanda, are you by any chance related to James Patterson? 🙂

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