Things are tough all over -- unless you are one of the handful of best paid authors in the world. And where else to find out about this but Forbes, a publication that has grown rich by telling the rest of us who all the richest people are. In a recent article, Forbes presented a list of the "world's best paid authors," and for anyone who follows the book industry there are no real surprises.
Leading the list is -- duh! -- J. K. Rowling, who, in the twelve months ending June 1, 2008, raked in $300 million. Rumors are she is in negotiations with Barack Obama and John McCain to buy the United States of America. Number two on the list is James Patterson, who has become almost a one-man book-of-the-month club, and every one of those books sell to his huge and ardent following. Stephen King, who so much wants to be respected as a literary artist, garnered enough commercial respect to gain a frightful haul of $45 million. Going down the list, one finds such relentlessly familiar names as Danielle Steel, Nicholas Sparks, Janet Evanovich and Dean Koontz. And, coming in at number ten is Ken Follett who has Oprah to thank for much of his recent success.
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