Authors Who Are Earning Mega Bucks

dollar-signs-money-clip-art-thumb2184272[1]Forbes has released their latest list of the highest earning authors. My income is so far below theirs that it’s laughable. Still, I find inspiration in the fact that many others actually make a great living from their work. Here are the top five, but please check out Forbes’ longer list HERE

J.K. Rowling at a whopping $95 million!

James Patterson, $87 million

Jeff Kinney, $21 million (Author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, he’s the only A-lister I haven’t read)

Dan Brown, $20 million

Stephen King, $15 million (he wrote his 55th novel, End of Watch, last year!)

Needless to say, nearly all of Forbes’ top earners have had movies made from their books, but books are still the major source of their income. So, keep writing folks, and study the pros if you want to join them! The one thing I see in common from the big money earners is that they are born storytellers who give their readers page-turning tales over and over again.

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at

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