It doesn’t surprise you that JK Rowling is at the top of the list, does it? According to Forbes, Rowling has made over $300 million in the last year. Forbes says that the Potter series has sold 375 million+ copies worldwide. James Patterson comes in a distant but respectable second with a $50 million earning for the same fiscal year. I’m not sure Patterson should be counted since he runs a little mini factory in which he outlines the books and someone else writes them. Stephen King was third, followed by Tom Clancy, and finally, Danielle Steele.
I noted that in the last few publicity papers for Nora Roberts’ and JD Robb’s books that all the marketing was geared toward men. All the cover quotes were by notable male authors. If so many more women read than men, why are men selling the most books?
There are five others on the list if you are interested.