For you struggling authors, a view of the top.
JK Rowling is the world's highest-earning author, making more than £5 every second over the past year, US business magazine Forbes has announced.
Of course, this is like saying Oprah Winfrey is a high-earning talk show host, or Michael Jordan was a high-earning basketball player. The income sources range far beyond the listed occupation.
TOP 10 BEST-PAID AUTHORS
1. JK Rowling - $300m (£170m)
2. James Patterson - $50m (£28m)
3. Stephen King - $45m (£25m)
4. Tom Clancy - $35m (£20m)
5. Danielle Steel - $30m (£17m)
6. John Grisham - $25m (£14m)
6. Dean Koontz - $25m (£14m)
8. Ken Follett - $20m (£11m)
9. Janet Evanovich - $17m (£10m)
10. Nicholas Sparks - $16m (£9m)
Source: Forbes magazine