Top 20 Millionaires who have Earned Their Money by Writing


Who told you that earning fortunes by writing is impossible? The list of the 20 wealthiest writers in the world will dismiss your doubts! Surprisingly, but most of the millionaire writers start their writing career being poor and rejected by the top publishing companies. So, in addition to exceptional talent, it is essential to be persistent on the way to the first million earned as a writer!

    1. Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking is the first of self-publishing millionaire writers who earned the first million by publishing her 8 books on Kindle. From April 2010 till March 2011 she sold more than 900,000 copies of her books, which value approximately $2 million. Among those 8 books were My Blood Approves, Fate and Flutter, Switched, Ascend, Wisdom and Swear. The genre in which Hocking writes is paranormal romance young-adult fiction.

    1. James Patterson

James Patterson, one of the most famous book writers, has earned first million with the bestseller Along Came a Spider. As of 2016, Patterson has sold over 350 million books. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers.

    1. Stephen King

Stephen King, one of the richest famous book writers today with the net worth of $400 million, made his first million with the book Carrie. He was desperate and poor in 1974, but the book brought the first million to King. King made Carrie, and Carrie in fact, made King.

    1. Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is among the top figures on the list of millionaire authors. The net worth of this author is $80 million. Her winning works were the collection of 19 Stephanie Plum novels.

    1. John Grisham

John Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill, was published in June 1989. On a first printing, the author sold more than 2 million copies of the book. The first bestseller of Grisham was The Firm (1991). Over 7 million copies were sold. Nine of Grisham’s novels are turned into films.

    1. Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is an American cartoonist, game designer, producer, and author. His million-earning work is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series.

    1. Bill O-Reilly

O-Reilly is an American news commentator and bestselling author. The first million as an author O-Reilly earned with his A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir.

    1. Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is an American romance novelist. Her first successful book that brought fame and money was Playing the Odds (1985). The novel became an immediate bestseller after the publishing.

    1. Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel is an American novelist with over 800 million copies sold. The two novels, Passion’s Promise and Now and Forever, were the successful start of Steel’s career as an author.

    1. Suzanne Collins

Collins worked as a children TV programs-writer. Once she tried writing her novels, the first book of Collins, Gregor the Overlander, became the bestseller and brought millions to the author.

    1. Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz, famous for suspense thrillers, earned his first million with the book Whispers. The previous two bestsellers, The Key to Midnight and The Funhouse, were written under the different pen name.

    1. J.K. Rowling

The net worth of the British novelist J.K. Rowling is 1 billion. She receives royalties from her books and Harry Potter franchise. The first Harry Potter book was written by the author when she was a welfare-recipient single mother.

    1. George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin earned popularity and fortune with A Game of Thrones that was published in 1996. GRRM is famous for his novels and short stories in horror, fantasy and science fiction genres.

    1. Stephenie Meyer

Stephanie Meyer is a young-adult fiction writer. Her first and successful writing “Twilight” (2005) brought fame and money to Stephanie.

    1. Ken Follet

Ken Follet, a Welsh writer, working in genres of thriller, spy and historical fiction. His popularity and wealth came with the novel Eye of the Needle (1978).

    1. Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is one of the American millionaire writers known for the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. The sales of the books hit the 20 million copies while the books were translated into as many as 37 different languages.

    1. David Baldacci

David Baldacci, the bestselling American writer, was heading to the fame for more 20 years. The bestseller, Absolute Power (1966) finally allowed him to enter the list of the millionaire authors.

    1. Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris earned her million with The Southern Vampire Mysteries. She is obviously in the list of New York Times bestselling authors.

    1. Lee Child

Lee Child is a British thriller writer. His million was made on the Jack Reacher book series started with the novel killing Floor in 1997. Lee Child is among the most famous book writers in the USA and UK.

    1. Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford is a British-American bestseller writer. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, was the successful start of a career and brought her fame and millions.

Your writing scratches are the chance to earn a million! The list of millionaire authors confirms that nothing is impossible!