Big Books, Big Bucks
7.7 01. James Patterson
One out of every 17 novels bought in the U.S. are authored by Patterson. Over the past two years he has made some $500 million for Hachette, his publisher.
6.2 02. Stephenie Meyer
Last fall Meyer's novels were fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh on USA Today's bestseller lists.
Her four-book series, Twilight, has sold 40 million copies in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide.
8.3 03. Stephen King
King is currently working on a deal with DC Comics to co-write a comic book series; a musical with John Mellencamp; and a drama series with the SyFy network based on his novella The Colorado Kid.
7.1 04. Danielle Steel
Steel has four new hardcovers out this year and clinches an average $7 million advance per book.
7.3 05. Ken Follett
Follett's The Pillars of the Earth was adapted to a TV series that premiered in July starring Donald Sutherland.
Follett often sets his novels where he lives: the author has homes in Stonehenge, London, Antigua and South Africa.
7.9 06. Dean Koontz
Forty-four of his novels have been New York Times bestsellers.
7.1 07. Janet Evanovich
Evanovich may rank seventh, but her selling power is comparable to James Patterson (about 20 million of her titles sell annually).
7.1 08. John Grisham
Grisham's new legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, is his first aimed at the tween market.
7.7 09. Nicholas Sparks
One of the top-selling romance genre writers, Sparks has sold 55 million books.
Movies made from Sparks' books have grossed $300 million.
8.2 010. J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series made Rowling the world's first author-billionaire.
Existing book sales are still minting money for Rowling, however with no new Potter book things are slowing down.
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