Women move up Forbes list of top-earning authors

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Women move up Forbes list of top-earning authors
Tue, 08-14-2012 - 8:56am


"James Patterson and Stephen King still top Forbes’ annual list of the world’s richest authors, but the magazine has its eye on three women writers who stand to move up the list next year."


15 top-earning authors:

1. James Patterson: $94 million.
2. Stephen King: $39 million.
3. Janet Evanovich: $33 million.
4. John Grisham: $26 million.
5. Jeff Kinney, $25 million.
6. Bill O'Reilly: $24 million.
7. Nora Roberts: $23 million.
8. Danielle Steel: $23 million.
9. Suzanne Collins: $20 million.
10. Dean Koontz: $19 million.
11. JK Rowling: $17 million.
12. George R.R. Martin: $15 million.
13. Stephenie Meyer: $14 million.
14. Ken Follett: $14 million.
15. Rick Riordan: $13 million.

Do you read any of the above authors? Does it matter to you if a book is written by a man or woman? 

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Tue, 08-14-2012 - 10:25am

I've read every author on the list, with the exception of Bill O'Reilly. And honestly, it doesn't matter to me if the author is a man or woman, as long as the story holds my interest. :smileyhappy:

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Registered: 04-11-2012
Tue, 08-14-2012 - 12:09pm

I've read them all, including Bill O'Reilly (who is actually very interesting), and while I love the fact women are moving up-it doesn't sway my decision either on whether or not to read something.

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Tue, 08-14-2012 - 2:17pm
I tend to read more books by women because women's fiction is my favorite genre. The one male author that I read regularly is Harlan Coben. I love his mysteries.
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Tue, 08-14-2012 - 2:27pm
Wow this is interesting. I rarely ponder an authors gender and actually I don't bother to really learn anything about them. I either like what they wrote or I don't, them as a person would just be distracting.
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Registered: 08-11-2008
Tue, 08-14-2012 - 2:45pm

I've only read the women on the list:

Suzanne Collins

J.K. Rowling

& Stephanie Meyer.

No, that's not true, I read & gave up on James Patterson & Danielle Steel.