As we approach the end of 2009 [ which I cannot bring myself to believe quite just yet], The Bookseller Magazine has compiled a survey of the Bestselling Authors of the Noughties.
The top 20 authors are:
1. J K Rowling
2. Dan Brown
3. Roger Hargreaves [ Mr Men books]
4. Jaqueline Wilson
5. Richard Parsons [ GCSE Guides]
6. Terry Pratchett
7. John Grishom
8. Danielle Steel
9. James Patterson
10. Jamie Oliver
11. Daisy Meadows [ groups of authors creating Rainbow Magic Books]
12. Enid Blyton
Revelations for me?
* I don’t know who Roger Hargreaves, Richard Parsons and Daisy Meadows are. Hence the brackets after their names. I am stunned how successful they have been and I am oblivious.
* There is still a huge number of books being sold and the largest sales are for genre fiction. No doubt about it. And the biggest winners are without doubt children’s books.
* The number of books sold by these top 12 authors. Staggering.
Well done to all of the authors.