The 9 Most Successful Authors

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Many popular books have been written in the last decade. These books have been the cause of fame for a few select authors and have propelled them to be some of the most successful authors in the world.

Arguably, there are two kinds of writers. Those who write only one time thriller, such as J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potte’r and Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight”. The other kind of writers are those who write best-sellers year after year. Every upcoming book promises to be better than the previous one. Here is the list of the top 9 most successful authors in the world:

9. Robin Cook

Dr. Robin Cook is an American novelist and physicist who mostly writes about public health. Born on May 4, 1940, Dr. Robin Cook started writing at a very early age. Many of his great works include a blend of both medical and thriller writings, so he is mostly popular for writing medical thriller novels. Most of his books were featured in Reader’s Digest and his books have been the best sellers on New York Times best sellers list.

Cook’s books have encountered many national controversies and in his books, he touches new medical issues which the public is unaware of. Cook has a strong belief that his books aren’t only entertaining, but they inform people about issues they should be concerned with. Cook started writing fiction in the 1970s and his books have sold more than 100 million copies all over the world. He has touched on various topics like genetic engineering, organ donation, in-vitro fertilization, etc. Some of his famous works like Mortal Fear, Sphinx and Coma have been made into television series and into movies.

8. Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel certainly deserves to be in this list of the most successful authors of all times. She is the only daughter of a Jewish father and a Portuguese mother and grew up in France where she attended many schools. She graduated from a French high school in 1963 and then studied at New York University.

Danielle is one of the best-selling authors with more than half a billion books sold. She married five times and has nine children. One of her best-selling books is about a girl named Gabriella Harrison who is suffering through abuse at home. Danielle doesn’t drink alcohol and has a great faith in human nature.

7. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gained fame after writing the Sherlock Holmes series. This led to the peak of his career. He attended university with Robert Louis Stevenson. He was also one of the earliest motorists in Britain and bought a car without ever having driven one.

Many critics and novelist have praised Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his great works. While appreciating his writing abilities, the Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat said, “When it comes to portraying villains and heroes and mysteries, there is no one better than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Whenever I have to write about villain meets hero kind of situations, I do it with a heavy heart because I know that there are some moments in Sherlock Holmes series which can’t be beat.” This shows that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had a strong hold on the world of literature, through his talented writings.

6. Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer, who was born on 4 December 1973, is one of the most successful authors in America and the author of the hit series, Twilight. The twilight saga has become popular all over the world and has sold over a 100 million copies. Meyer was the bestselling author in the years 2008 and 2009 and sold 29 million books in 2008 and 26.5 million books in 2009. Twilight remained the best seller book in American stores in 2008. The wide acceptance and fame she attained from her books ranked her at number 49 in Times Magazine’s most influential people in 2008.

After the success of the Twilight novel in 2005, she followed it with additional books in the series including New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. These also gained worldwide recognition and broke many records. The Twilight series became the New York’s best seller for 143 weeks straight and it has also been made into extremely popular movies as well. Some of her other works include Midnight Sun, The Host and many more.

5. Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon, born in 1917 in Chicago, was an American Award Winning writer. He spent 20 years in Television, after which he wrote best-selling novels, like Master of the Game and The Rage of Angels, etc. He is regarded as one of the best fiction writers of all time. He was a Broadway stage musical writer, who worked with MGM studios and became popular as a prolific writer.

He wrote the series of “I Dream of Jeannie” which remained a hit for quite some time. After that, he started writing novels and his first novel “Naked Face” received him the Edgar Allen Poe Award. Some of his best works have been made into films too. He wrote a total of 18 books and sold over 300 million copies.

4. Dan Brown

Dan Brown definitely deserves to be in this list of top most successful authors because he shown how to write a perfect page turner. All you have to do is to create short chapters, simple characters, simple dialogues, a couple murder and paranoia. Easy? Riiiiight.

Dan Brown certainly shows that the road to being a successful author isn’t an easy one. He doesn’t have a secret yet. Before being successful at writing, he was an unsuccessful singer and composer. He was the writer of the Witty Band, “187 men to avoid.”

3. J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling, born in 1965, is a British novelist who gained worldwide fame for the Harry Potter series. The Harry Potter books have gained worldwide recognition with more than 400 million copies sold. They are one of the best-selling books in history.

Before writing the Harry Potter series, she was a researcher and secretary for Amnesty International and then decided to write the Harry Potter series in 1990s. After writing this series, she parted from the agency and wrote novels for adults like pseudonym Robert Galbraith and published the Cuckoo’s Calling in 2013.

2. Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is popularly known as the King of Mystery and has written several books worth billions of dollars. This many sales are hard to beat even for the most successful authors in the world. Agatha Christie has written hundreds of books and one of her all-time greats was released in 1934 named “Murder of the Orient Express” in which Hercules Poirot (fictional detective) had to investigate a murder on the train. The novel promises to be a thriller.

Agatha Christie dominated the crime genre. Some sources have told that her work has sold more than four billion copies, which makes her one of the best-selling authors in literature history.

1. Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer, an author and former politician, certainly deserves to be number one in this list of most successful authors. Before he became an author, Jeffrey Archer was a parliamentarian, but he had to resign due to a financial scandal. Jeffrey Archer also gained an academic qualification in teaching and was awarded by the Oxford Department University for Continuing Education. After that, he worked towards many different fundraisers and was elected the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.

His first bestseller Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, which was published in the U.S., gave him enough recognition and money to avoid bankruptcy. Another one of his works, Kane and Abel has also been a best seller with millions of copies sold. It was also made into a hit television show.

Writing a book isn’t easy and if you have ever given a shot, you know that it isn’t child’s play. A book should be written in such a way that it grabs the attention of audience, keeps them entertained and also informs. Read the works of these successful authors and discover what true talent really is.