Forbes richest authors list 2012

James Patterson takes the crownStephen King takes second place in round-up of world's richest authors, with EL James expected to feature next year
Forbes, which calculates its annual compilation by using official figures and talking to book industry experts, found that Patterson earned $94m last year – a period which saw him publish 14 new titles and make more than double the amount of the second-placed King. Nine of the top 15 slots on the list were taken by male authors, including King (who earned $39m thanks to the release of his doorstopper novel about the assassination of JFK, 11/22/63), legal thriller writer John Grisham ($26m), Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney ($25m) and newcomer George RR Martin, who made $15m following the adaptation for television of his Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series.

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EL James

And her millions of dollars continue to not care that you think her books are trash.

Millions of dollars

And she could make a trillion dollars and her books would still be drivel. The money does not make them good.

One big difference

Stephen King actually writes his own books, thus making it unlikely for him to "write" 14 novels in a year. But hey, if the "factory with my name on it" worked for Andy Warhol, why shouldn't it work for James Patterson?

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