Forbes yesterday released a list of World’s Top-Earning Authors of 2013. 16 authors have made the list including James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin and more.
The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins landed on #3 spot with a whopping $55 million.
Writing thrillers or romances for adults is good; even better is writing fantasy fiction for young adults that spills over into the adult market. The biggest franchises of the past decade have employed this formula, most recently Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” trilogy. Collins’ earnings of $55 million — good for No. 3 on our list — also showed the power of a hit film adaptation, which can launch a book from the earthly best-seller list into the stratosphere.
The blockbuster release of the first “Hunger Games” film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, helped launch Collins from the ranks of up-and-comers to the Olympian heights of J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer. A former children’s television writer, she’s also the author of the five-book series “The Underland Chronicles.”
Suzanne, and Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan, are the only authors on the list who’re on it for YA fiction this year. Congrats, Suzanne!