Bestselling authors are definitely worth a seven-figure paycheck. After all, a successfully published author can write an entertaining bestseller. Some are even worth hailing as classics. Here are ten authors who are bringing home millions worth of book sales nowadays.
#1. J.K. Rowling
One of the world’s bestselling authors, J.K. Rowling is well-known for her Harry Potter series. The series has seven books, and each one of them has a film adaptation. Rowling also wrote several spin-off stories that were as entertaining as the main series. The total number of book sales, not including her cut from the film adaptations, is enough to make Rowling bring more than a million dollars home.
#2. Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan is another one of the bestselling authors in the millionaire’s club. He made his money from the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The series has five books. Aside from the books, the series also has film adaptations and graphic novels.
#3. Danielle Steele
Danielle Steele is a prolific writer who has sold more than 600 million copies of her books on a global scale. Her forte is the romance genre. Some of her written romance novels were adapted to movies too. She has written 141 novels, 18 children’s books, four non-fiction, a poetry book, and even song lyrics.
#4. John Grisham
As someone who started a career as a lawyer, it is easy to see why John Grisham writes legal thrillers well. His crime novels, such as The Pelican Brief and The Firm, were blockbuster movies too. His book sales reach more than 300 millions so he has a slot in the millionaire’s club as well.
#5. Stephen King
Throughout his writing career, Stephen King has wrote quite a number of books under the sci-fi horror genre. Aside from the books under his name, there are also several published masterpieces under his nom de plume Richard Bachman. After churning out a couple of bestsellers a year for several decades, it is only natural that King’s assets total to more than a hundred million now.
#6. James Patterson
As one of the bestselling authors since 2001, James Patterson has already sold quite a number of books. To be specific, he already sold no less than 350 million books internationally. Patterson is a successfully published author for the crime novel series Alex Cross.
#7. George R. R. Martin
One of the most popular TV shows around the world is Game of Thrones. This show is based off of George R. R. Martin’s series entitled A Song of Ice and Fire. The series is planned to have seven books but only six were already written. The series itself is already selling well but the HBO TV series gave it a boost.
#8. Dan Brown
Writer Dan Brown is best known for his masterpiece entitled The Da Vinci Code. This particular book is a mystery thriller. Three years after the book’s publication, it was then adapted into film.
#9. Nora Roberts
As someone who has written more than 215 bestselling novels, Nora Roberts can comfortably claim that she is one of the members of the millionaire’s club. Roberts is well-known for her romance novels. Most of them are distributed worldwide and in paperback.
#10. E.L. James
E.L. James is the author of the erotic novel Fifty Shades. Originally, this trilogy started off as a fanfiction of Stephen Meyer’s Twilight novel. Her written work debuted as Fifty Shades only after removing the Twilight references.
If you want to be a bestselling author, then writing a book is the first step. After that, you can leave the rest to your publishing agent. You can self-publish as well. Regardless of what you choose, take these ten authors as inspiration for you to earn your first million from writing.