James Patterson – $84 million
Patterson had 20 titles on the year-end bestseller lists in 2010, including thrillers for adults and teens.
Danielle Steel – $35 million
Romance novelist Steel holds the record for consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list.
Stephen King – $28 million
Universal Pictures just canceled plans for a massive adaptation of his “Dark Tower” series that would have included three films and a TV series.
Janet Evanovich – $22 million
Evanovich earns advances of around $10 million per book.
Stephenie Meyer – $21 million
The film version of “Eclipse” earned $300 million at the box office in the U.S.
Rick Riordan – $21 million
Riordan is known for making extraordinary efforts to be accessible to his young fans.
Dean Koontz – $19 million
His books may be terrifying, but in person Koontz is probably a pretty nice guy, judging from this photo of him smiling.
John Grisham – $18 million
Like James Patterson, Grisham writes both adult thrillers and young adult novels.
Jeff Kinney – $17 million
If you have kids, you know what this whole “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” thing is all about. It’s big time.
Nicholas Sparks – $16 million
Sparks makes women cry for a living, yet somehow they never seem to get mad at him.
Ken Follett – $14 million
“Fall of Giants,” published last September, was the first installment of a trilogy for which Follett will be paid $50 million.
Suzanne Collins – $10 million
Production has begun on the first film adaptation of her “Hunger Games” series.
JK Rowling – $5 million
Thanks to a new online book storefront, Pottermore, Rowling is about to make mad Gringotts. (That’s wizard slang for a lot of money. At least it should be.)