Via Pub Rants:
The World’s Best Paid Authors. No prizes for guessing who tops the list. 🙂
Some things that jumped out at me:
1. HUGE difference between the 300 million raked in by Rowling at number 1 and Patterson’s (number 2) 50 million.
2. Most of them are genre writers. Go, entertainment for the masses! [grin]
3. Most of these writers have built their careers over time; a LONG period of time. Looks like Steel started being published in the 1970s, ditto with King and Patterson. To put it into perspective, I wasn’t even alive when their first books came out, and I’m no spring chicken. Rowling seems more like a flash in the pan, but the first Harry Potter came out in 1997, over ten years ago. Wealth is not built in a day. 🙂
I have no expectations of making millions off my writing. Realistically, I don’t think my intended audience is large enough for that kind of money. Mystery sells more than fantasy, as the lopsided ratio at my local library can (sadly) attest to.
But it is nice to indulge in a monetary daydream once in a blue moon. A castle in Scotland, for instance, would be really nice. 🙂