And the Highest-Earning Author Is ...
'Fifty Shades' writer EL James nearly made nine figures
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2013 8:56 AM CDT
No. 1: EL James, $95 million   (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP, file)

(Newser) – Want to be a fabulously wealthy author? Loosen up those fingers. The route to riches seems to be with a series of related books rather than a one-off blockbluster. Forbes rounds up the top 10 highest-earning authors from June 2012 to June 2013. The top five:

  1. EL James, $95 million: Her three Fifty Shades of Grey books are the only books she's written (so far).
  2. James Patterson, $91 million: How's this for a stat: "One of every 17 hardcovers sold in the US is his," says Forbes. That includes adult thrillers as well as books for young adults.
  3. Suzanne Collins, $55 million: The Hunger Games has been her gold mine.
  4. Bill O'Reilly, $28 million: The Fox host's non-fiction books Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy were best-sellers; next up: Killing Jesus.
  5. Danielle Steel, $26 million: She's reaping the rewards of a four-decade career.
Click for the full list, which includes the Diary of a Wimpy Kid author and a certain well-known horror writer.

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Aug 15, 2013 7:58 AM CDT
The list excludes Rowling, etc because it's limited to money made between June 2012 to June 2013 People will read what turns them on... EL James' badly written fantasy world isn't one for me .... but I don't begrudge others their pleasures, as long as no one makes me read it. The real trash however, comes from Patterson.
Aug 15, 2013 6:32 AM CDT
I was going to say evann gostaldo
Aug 14, 2013 11:33 PM CDT
This species sucks.