(Publisher’s Weekly, Mar. 23, by Dermot McEvoy and Michael Coffey )
Familiar voices crowd the top in fiction; in nonfiction, the fundamental rules apply—plus all things Obama
John Grisham‘s aptly titled Appeal had the most of it, as far as the novel-buying reading public went, earning the #1 slot on our hardcover fiction list last year—just enough to beat out the beloved Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, which sold 1.3 million. Our top 15 fiction titles this year look much like last year’s, with the notable absence of Khaled Hosseini, who was top dog in ’07. The prolific James Patterson racked up three in the top echelon, and Nicholas Sparks, Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz and David Baldacci made returns. The new kids on the block, in addition to Wroblewski, were Stephenie Meyer, seamlessly crossing over from the YA genre with The Host, and Glenn Beck, whose Christmas Sweater apparently warmed the hearts of his faithful. (more…)
(blogs.thetimes.co.za, Nov. 26)
Forbes Magazine has released its list of the world’s highest paid authors. In a year when financial returns are a great source of consternation, some writers have still managed to rake in the cash. Top of the list is unsurprisingly J.K Rowling who managed to make $300 million over the course of the year. The Harry Potter franchise has generated $4.5 billion dollars since Rowling published the first of the stories dealing with young Harry and his magical exploits in 1998 catapulting the author from an existence as a single mother on welfare to the billionaire status in just ten years.
Second on the list is the ever productive James Patterson who made $50 million dollars this year. Patterson churns out his novels at the rate of at least two a year and has already sold more than 150 million books worldwide.
Third place goes to the king of horror Stephen King with $45 million made this year. The one time school teacher has published over 40 books and sold more than 350 million copies since the publication of Carrie in 1974.
Fourth place belongs to Tom Clancy, king of the political thriller and creator of Jack Ryan star of novels such as Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October and Clear and Present Danger. Last year Clancy sold videogame rights to Ubisoft for an estimated $100 million.
And finally in fifth place is the queen of the romance novel Danielle Steel who earned $30 million this year. Steel’s books (more than 70 titles) have been published in 47 countries and 28 languages and she also has an Elizabeth Arden perfume and a San Francisco art gallery on her resume.
Nicholas Sparks, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, Dean Koontz and Ken Follett round up the list for this year.
(Publisher’s Weekly, Oct. 20)
Parade magazine (Sept. 28) asked Nicholas Sparks which novels moved him the most. His list: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon (“Compulsively readable literary thriller”); Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (“The rarest of novels-a fresh and original horror story that’s frightening, not gory”); The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (“Perfect for kids and adults”); City of Thieves by David Benioff (“A coming-of-age page-turner set in Russia during World War II”); and Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield (“One of the finest and most enjoyable novels I’ve read”).
Nights in Rodanthe
Starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane, James Franco.
Directed by George C. Wolfe.
Release date: Sept. 26 (Warner Brothers Entertainment). Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central, 460,000 trade apepr; 1.3 million mass market).
Nights marks the fourth filmization of a Sparks novel and the third Gere-Lane pairing (Unfaithful, 2002; The Cotton Club, 1984). Franco returns to a typical hero role following his stoner turn in the current Pineapple Express.