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14th deadly sin“Fifty Shades Of Grey” author E.L. James has dropped from No. 1 in last year’s top earning authors’ ranking with $95 million to No. 11 – making just $10 million in this scoring period. In fact, FSOG sold just 1.8 million copies in 2013, compared to more than 29 million in 2012.!! But there is a film coming ….

Another author whose ranking has dropped  (third last year) is Suzanne Collins. She only earned $16 million this year– a 71% drop from the $55 million. Sales of the Hunger Games trilogy dropped 88%.

Danielle Steel, James Patterson and Stephen King –  amongst the world best selling authors for a long time – have younger competition. Three newcomers born after 1970 have made more than Fifty shades of grey$9 million each last year -and two of them write young adult fiction, increasingly appealing to readers of all ages.

Young adult author Veronica Roth‘s ranks 6th for the “Divergent” trilogy which sold a combined 6.7 million copies in 2013, earning $17 million from print and ebook sales between June 2013 and June 2014. The book’s 2014 film adaption also helped. It grossed $270 million at the globally. At 26, she is the youngest newcomer on the ranking, and one of seven women on the 17-person list.

37-year-old John Green’s ”The Fault in Our Stars” made him around $9 million – you will probably know it’s a YA love story, which follows the trials of two cancer stricken teenagers. It’s sold well over 1 million copies in the U.S. and been turned into a film. Green is in joint 12th place with Gillian Flynn, who joins the rankings for the first time due to the continued success of 2012′s “Gone Girl”  a New York Times bestseller that sold 1.2 million copies in 2013, also now a film.

Market Research suggested 55% of YA books were bought by people 18 or over. Adults aged between 30 and 44 accounted for 28% of all YA sales, and the books are purchased for their own reading the vast majority of the time.

J.K. Rowling, the original young adult crossover, has earned $14 million and ranks 8th on the list. She continues to earn from back sales of Harry Potter 

James Patterson is at Number 1. He produces 14 books a year with the help of co-authors, and has sold more than 300 million copies since his 1976 debut. That’s $700 million in the last decade and $62 million in the last year!! Second ranked Dan Brown made an estimated $28 million from sales of his Robert Langdon thriller series. “Inferno” alone sold more than 1.4 million copies in the U.S. Third and fourth are Nora Roberts  – $23 million and Danielle Steel – $22 million. No 5 is Janet Evanovich on $20 million.





The World’s top earning authors

image-medium (85)James Patterson: $94 million Unlucky, surely not??

Unlike many of the authors on this list, James Patterson earns nearly all his money from his gargantuan book sales and relatively little from TV and film royalties. He published 14 new titles in 2011 and continues to be VERY prolific.

Stephen King: $39 million

It was a big year for King with his time-travel book “11/22/63” and a new installment of his “Dark Tower” series, but a planned mega-adaptation of the “Dark Tower” books for film and television remains stuck in neutral.

Janet Evanovich: $33 million

The author of the Stephanie Plum suspense says she finds the “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon “strange” and worries that it might encourage abusive relationships.

John Grisham: $26 million

With the baseball novel “Calico Joe,” Grisham proved he could write bestsellers that aren’t legal thrillers. He also made $26 million and is handsome as all get-out. Hate him yet?

Bill O’Reilly: $24 million

Fox News host O’Reilly is making almost as much from his historical books, including “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy.” He’s interested in presidential assassinations ..

Nora Roberts: $23 million

Are you sitting down? Nora Roberts has written more than 200 books. Think about that for a second. She also writes under the pen name J.D. Robb.

Danielle Steel: $23 million

Although she’s spent more time on The New York Times bestsellers list than any other author, Steel’s earnings seem to have peaked. The romance novelist made $35 million last year.

Suzanne Collins: $20 million

The odds are in Collins’s favour, with royalties from the blockbuster “Hunger Games” movie swelling her earnings and two more films still in the pipeline.

Dean Koontz: $19 million

Two current hit franchises, “Frankenstein” and “Odd Thomas.”