Creativity is a major skill, and not every person shows the courage to pursue the dream in this direction and make it a career. The risk involved is very high as only a tiny portion of the people who enter into artistry, writing and other creative make it big and can gain their financial security from this.
Authors would have had to face several downfalls in their life before they have reached their current status. It’s their determination that has made them what they are today. There are many writers out there whose life and success have proven to be an inspiration for the aspiring writers to venture into their dreams and bring life to their stories through books.
The amount of work that goes into writing a book is immense and the money spent on publishing. But the effort, once it becomes a success will turn out to be a lifetime income source. Here is the list of the 10 top authors based on their net worth.
Other than avid readers, many would not recognize Stephanie Meyer, but they would jump up at the mention of the Twilight Saga. Twilight was the first book in the series and was her debut novel. The success of the story made her release the other books in the sequel – New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.
Her success story would make you believe in miracles. Her idea for the Twilight saga was not born out of the need to write a story. She wrote it out of sheer fun and sent it to publishing houses following the encouragement from her sister. In the era of vampire romance and supernatural working their way into the minds of people, Stephanie got the bulls eye. Over 100 million copies have been sold, and the movies released also topped the charts which added to her net worth of $125 million.
Dean Koontz has authored several suspense thrillers, and most of them were loved for its science fiction elements. People fail to recognize this author by his name as he has written in several pen names like “David Axton” or “Brian Coffey.” His first novel, Star Quest has released in 1968 which he wrote in his spare time while he was working as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School.
He had faced a severe childhood with his abusive alcoholic father and a strong mother who stood up to it. He used several pen names to prevent negative crossover as he wrote his books in several genres and his love for writing could be seen from the fact that he wrote about eight books in a year. His popular books have been Hideaway, Black River and Watchers Series giving him a net worth of $145 million.
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Born in 1950, Nora Roberts has penned about 209 romance novels. She stepped foot into writing with her debut novel Irish Thoroughbred which was released by Silhouette Books in 1981. It all began when she was a stay-at-home mom with nothing much to do. With her love for writing, and she had written six stories and submitted them to several publishers but got rejected.
Her real name is Eleanor Marie Robertson, and she had adopted the pen name, Nora Roberts. In the three-year period that followed, she took off at her writing career with 23 novels which was published by Silhouette in several series.
She got her breakthrough with the story of Playing the Odds in 1985. Several of her books were New York Times Bestseller List holders for weeks which included ‘Time and Again’, and ‘Seduction in Death’. Several of her books were converted into TV series giving the author a net worth of $150 million.
Jackie Collins is another of the female writers who has touched the hearts of millions with her romance novels. She doesn’t have a book count as excellent as Nora Roberts but has a higher net worth amounting to $180 million. With about 32 novels to her credit she has sold a total of 500 million copies worldwide.
Her career began as an actress in low budget movies and 1968 she published her first novel” The World is Full of Married Men”. This had sparked a controversy which led to the book being banned in Australia and South Africa. The debate made the book popular, and it was a best seller.
The second book ‘The Stud’ was also a best seller. This was later made into a movie in 1978 which starred her sister in the lead role. Several of her other books were also made into films and even wrote the screenplay for ‘Yesterday’s Hero.’
Before stepping into writing novels, John Grisham was a lawyer, and this is widely reflected in his stories which are mostly legal thrillers. His first novel ‘A Time to Kill’ was published in 1989 and found him all the fame that he could ever ask for. The book sold over 275 million copies and won him the Galaxy British Book Award. Later in 1991, ‘The Firm’ spiked the best seller list with seven million copies sold. The book was also made into a movie which starred Tom Cruise. The encapturing nature of his stories led them to be increasingly made into movies and all these had contributed to his net worth of $200 million.
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Tom Clancy had most of his stories that revolved around the times of Cold War, which spoke mostly of military science. The writer recently passed away in October 2013 leaving behind 100 million print copies of his books. Several of his books were converted into movies and TV shows and even video games. His debut novel ‘The Hunt for Red October’ was released in 1984 which he sold for $5000 to Naval Institute Press and this was the starting to a $ 300 million net worth. The book sold over 45,000 copies and made Clancy an instant hit.
James Patterson was spread by this fictional character Alex Cross who was psychologist and earned him good profits which along with his other books bought him a net worth of $310 million. He even has the credit to have sold over 1 million e-books. The author hasn’t stood to a particular style of writing and has several novels in different genres of thriller, romance, and non-fiction. He began his job as an advertiser and later in 1976 he published his first book “The Thomas Berryman Number” which featured his famous character Alex Cross. He has written 176 novels since then.
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She is one the top best selling authors with over 800 copies sold worldwide. She is immensely skilled and sometimes manages five books at a time. With a broken marriage, her first novel ‘Going Home’ was mainly about family issues and fragile relationships. She later got married to a prisoner Zugelder whom she met on an interview. The relation did not work out as expected. But it gave her the inspiration for two great novels Passion’s Promise and Now and Forever. Eventually, these stories made her career. She has secured her name in the Guinness Book of World Records to have held the name in New York Times Bestseller List for the most number of weeks consecutively.
Stephen King is the king of supernatural and fiction stories. With over 350 million copies of his books sold he has a net worth of $400 million. Even though there are several flop stories in his list of novels, he has written some excellent ones like Carrie and The Shining. He has written 54 novels to date. Some of them were under the pen name Richard Bachman. He has received several awards in recognition to his contribution to the literary field. He has also written over 200 short stories. Carrie was his first novel and it was an instant hit published by Doubleday.
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J. K. Rowling
Every other person in the world would know J. K Rowling and her character Harry Potter. The idea of the wizard school had come to her mind on a train travel. Soon after, wrote the story which was rejected by several publishers. It was hard times with a baby to look after a broken marriage. She had relied on government help to feed her child while she was struggling to find a job. Now she is the richest authors in the world. There were six sequels release and her fans are awaiting the upcoming release of ‘The Cursed Child’.