The 11 Top-Earning Authors Of 2017


Hayley C. Cuccinello writes: ‘For the first time in nearly a decade, J.K. Rowling tops our ranking of the highest-earning wordsmiths, displacing the freakishly prolific James Patterson.

Fans of the printed (or digital) word will be cheered to know that although five writers on our list had novels made into movies this past year, they nonetheless earned the bulk of their bucks from their books.

Together these 11 writers sold nearly 30 million volumes in the United States over the past 12 months, logging $312.5 million in pretax income.’

J.K. Rowling has topped the Forbes’ highest-paid authors list three times since 1999. The British novelist made her money in 2017 from the play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, her Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios, and her film, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

The 11 Top-Earning Authors Of 2017

  1. J. K. Rowling – $95 million
  2. James Patterson – $87 million
  3. Jeff Kinney – $21 million
  4. Dan Brown – $20 million
  5. Stephen King – $15 million
  6. Nora Roberts – $14 million
  7. John Grisham – $14 million
  8. Paula Hawkins – $13 million
  9. E.L. James – $11, 5 million
  10. Rick Riordan – $11 million
  11. Danielle Steel – $11 million

Read the full article here: Forbes

You can find previous lists here: 2016,  2015,  2014,  2013 and 2012.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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