Last week, Forbes Magazine released a list of 2011’s highest-earning authors. At the top of the list: James Patterson, with $94 million. According to Forbes, he released no less than eleven titles last year! My personal favorite, Stephen King, came in second with “only” $39 million. Number three was Janet Evanovich with $33 million.
That seems to be the big news this year: more women are moving into this elite winner’s circle, including Danielle Steel, Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling, and Stephanie Meyer.
However, one enormously popular author didn’t quite make the cut: E.L. James. Her “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy sold 20 million copies in four months; once the royalties from them have had a chance to roll in for a while, she’ll be assured “a place near the top of next year’s top authors list,” according to Forbes.
Think of it as something to aspire to. In the meantime, keep writing.