Richest Authors 2012 By Forbes – James Patterson Walks Away With The Crown

I have been a bit busy for a week or so, searching the book stores all over in search of one of my favorite titles. In the meanwhile, Forbes came up with their list of the Richest Authors of 2012. .. How Mean!! .. Well, let’s have a closer look at that.

Though males may be dominating the Forbes this year’s final rundown of the richest authors in the world, but the publishers are predicting the 2013 list to be a lil’ bit more female friendly. Forbes calculations are based on the annual anthology of the official sales figures and final verdicts of the most experienced book experts. According the latest compilation, Forbes found that the year full of 14 new publications bought a good fortune for James Patterson. The 14 amazing titles from the novelist generated a sum of $94m, almost double the money earned by the second king on the list.

“James Patterson”

Nine slots among the top fifteen belong to the male writers, including Patterson ($94m), the King himself (who earned about $39m from his doorsill book based on the assassination JFK), king of legal thriller John Grisham ($26m), Jeff Kinney with his Wimpy Kid ($25) and a neophyte, George RR Martin ($15m from the TV adaptation of Song Of Ice and the Fire Fantasy).

Talking about the females, the first one landed on the third spot, with a paycheck of $33m. Janet Evanovich’s series of 18 amazing books, circling around the life of a female bounty hunter, ranked her third in the list. Forbes believes that the following year’s list will appear quite different. In addition to the good ranking of Suzanne Collins from the earnings of Hunger Games film adaptation and JK Rowling’s earnings from the release of The Casual Vacancy, her first adult novel, EL James record smashing earnings from the Fifty Shades trilogy will land her somewhat close to the top spot in the next year’s list.

According to the experts, the erotic Fifty Shades trilogy is generating revenue of over $1.3 million per week for EL James. That’s not all, she received a whooping sum of $5 million from Focus Films and Universal Pictures for the silver screen rights of the novel. And, how can we forget that the book racks are not clean yet. By the time the next Forbes list is prepared, Fifty Shades would have sold another 20 million copies. Who knows, the tables might turn for the ladies and make them dominate the coming year’s list. Till then, have a look at the below mentioned top 15 Forbes Richest Authors of 2012 and keep reading …!!

THE HIGHEST PAID’s

James Patterson – $94 million
Stephen King – $39 million
Janet Evanovich – $33 million
John Grisham – $26 million
Jeff Kinney – $25 million
Bill O’Reilly – $24 million
Nora Roberts – $23 million
Danielle Steel – $23 million
Suzanne Collins – $20 million
Dean Koontz – $19 million
JK Rowling -$17 million
George RR Martin – $15 million
Stephenie Meyer – $14 million
Ken Follett – $14 million
Rick Riordan – $13 million

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Oh Yes! Fifty Shades Of Grey Becomes An All Time Best Seller

Sold of 5.3 million copies? wOw!! That is the best that a book could ever reach. In spite of being quoted as “mommy porn” and scoffed for “abysmal writing” by some wacky critics, Fifty Shades of Grey did not stop people from snapping the tale of a virginal female protagonist, who falls in love with a billionaire who is fond of bondage love making. Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book belonging to the series of 3 erotic novels from a notable laureate, EL James.

EL James

“EL James”

To boggle your minds, this erotic work of fiction, revolving around a successful sadomasochistic man and his girlfriend, has already surpassed the sales of all seven Harry Potter books on Amazon. The whooping 5.3 million figure includes, 3.8 million published books and over 1.5 million eBooks. Well, in terms of hardcover and paperback sales, Fifty Shades still lags behind the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, which owns the record of selling 4 million prints in UK.

Talking about the sequel books, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, they too are not lagging behind their predecessor. The respective sales figures reach out to 3.6 million and 3.2 million, thereby taking the combined sales figure of the trilogy to over 12 million in UK. As far as the Global effect is concerned, the records mention a sale of over 40 million copies, which is still far afield from the Harry Potter series score of 450 million.

"Fifty Shades Trilogy" Photo: Carol Kaliff / The News-Times

“Fifty Shades Trilogy” Photo: Carol Kaliff / The News-Times

EL James (49), a mother of two, lives in west London and hardly finds her way to the reporter’s camera. The only racy detail available about her is that she is fond of eating Nutella directly from the container. Now getting back to the topic, with Fifty Shades of Grey about to reach the masses through the Silver Screen, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson have already illustrated their will to do the lead role, with Ian Somerhalder willing to play the bondage loving man.

Well, it is up to the top management and Universal pictures (right holders of the film series) to decide the cast. Till then, you can concentrate on your nail biting and in case, you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, please show a lil’ more enthusiasm and fetch your copy now. Well, the fact that the book still rules the best-seller charts for the 16th running week should be well enticing for you to fetch your copies.