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.