The information below was from an article in the Christian Science Monitor. Also, the same information can be found at Forbes.
The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com
Top 10 highest paid authors of 2011Forbes has just released their 2011 list of the world's highest paid authors (based on earnings from May 2010 to April 2011), and some of them may surprise you. We'll tell you how much each author made, why you should know their names, and how they beat the recession's effect on the fiction industry.
Our list of the ten highest-earning authors of 2010-2011.
1.James PattersonJames Patterson made a cool $84 million between May 2010 and April 2011 and signed a 17-book, $150-million contract with Hachette Book Group. The reason Patterson is doing so well while fiction sales across the publishing industry have plummeted? He's cornered the adult and the young adult markets. Adults will be familiar with his Alex Cross series – thrillers about an American psychologist – while kids will know him as the author of the "Maximum Ride" series.
It's no surprise that immensely popular romance novelist Danielle Steel makes the 2011 list with earnings of $35 million. Currently the eighth bestselling author of all time, Steel is resposible for many well-loved novels, including "Jewels," "The Ghost," and "Matters of the Heart."
11/22/63, by Stephen King, Scribner, 864 pp.
Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel, by Janet Evanovich, Bantam, 320 pp.
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 544 pp.
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, Disney-Hyperion, 400 pp.
Strangers, by Dean Koontz, Berkley, 704 pp.
The Runaway Jury, by John Grisham, Delta, 464 pp.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, by Jeff Kinney, Harry N. Abrams, 224 pp.
The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks, Vision, 256 pp.