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Stephen King Leads List of Hollywood’s Most Powerful Authors

The Hollywood Reporter has picked the top 25 Most Powerful Authors in Hollywood.

The top five writers on the list are all literary band names. Stephen KingElmore LeonardNicholas SparksEL James and Suzanne Collins hold the top five spots, respectively. However, the magazine also listed a number of “Authors To Look Out For,” a list filled with up-and-coming authors. We’ve rounded up those top six writers below…

Here’s more about the list: “THR selected those living authors who have been most successful in shepherding their books from page to screen, balancing success in publishing (total output, sales, best-sellers) and in Hollywood (completed adaptations, projects in development, screenwriting and producing credits) while accounting for cultural influence. More power to them.”

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Sylvia Day Sells 100,000 Trade Paperbacks in a Week

Formerly self-published romance novelist Sylvia Day has sold 100,000 trade paperback copies of Reflected in You in a single week. The eBook was released in October and has already sold 450,000 copies.

According to Amazon’s new Author Rank feature, Day (pictured, via) is currently the fifth most popular writer on Amazon–alongside publishing giants like James PattersonJohn GrishamNora Roberts, and Suzanne Collins.

Interestingly enough, romance novelist Jessica Sorensen is currently the sixth most popular author at Amazon.  She is the only self-published author to make the top ten most popular authors list, and her new book rocketed to the top of our Self-Published Bestsellers List this week.

J.K. Rowling Breaks Goodreads Record

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling set a Goodreads record for the all-time biggest “started reading” day. Currently, more than 40,000 people have marked the book “to-read.”

The book unseated Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins as the book with the strongest “started reading” day. Insurgent by Veronica Roth holds third place. As of this writing, The Casual Vacancy has 38 percent five-star ratings on Goodreads.

Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler had this statement: “The Casual Vacancy is one of those stand-out books where people not only pre-order it, they start reading it as soon as they get their hands on it. On Goodreads, it beat the record for our previous all-time ‘started reading’ day which was set by Mockingjay.”

Suzanne Collins Hits Bestseller List with 8 Year Old Book

Author Suzanne Collins has grabbed the #11 spot on the USA Today’s bestseller list with a book she published eight years ago.

The Hunger Games novelist hit the chart with her 2004 release, Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles Book One, following a special sale. Have you read this older series?

Here’s more from Book Buzz: “Why the high spot for a book that made the list only once before, back in 2007, at No. 140? Perhaps because Amazon.com on Saturday offered the e-book for a one-day-only price of $1.99, 62% off list price.”

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Sam Claflin to Play Finnick Odair in Catching Fire Adaptation

Snow White & the Huntsman actor Sam Claflin has landed the role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.

In the first hour after Lionsgate made the official announcement on Facebook, more than 22,000 fans hit the “like” button. What do you think of this choice?

Claflin’s character hails from District 4 and won his Hunger Games competition at the age of 14. Of the new characters introduced in the Catching Fire novel, he arguably enjoys the most popularity with readers. Suzanne Collins describes Finnick as a man who possess incredible beauty and sea green-colored eyes.

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The Hunger Games Trilogy Is Bestselling Series Ever on Amazon.com

Without revealing sales figures, Amazon announced today that The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins is the bestselling book series of all time on Amazon.com. The seven-book Harry Potter series was previously held this record, calculated by combining print and Kindle eBook sales.

Sara Nelson, editorial director of books and Kindle at Amazon.com, stated.: “Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter’s seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time. Customers love these books and all three titles are consistently on our Top 10 lists in both print and Kindle formats, and ‘The Hunger Games’ is also the most-borrowed book in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.”

Sales for the Scholastic series have been so high that competing publisher Penguin blamed The Hunger Games for its revenue drop this year. For readers who enjoyed the series, the Lawrence Public Library in Kansas has compiled a flowchart to help find new books to read.

James Patterson Leads World’s Top-Earning Authors List

Forbes has just released its annual list of the World’s Top-Earning Authors. We’ve listed the top five writers below, along with their income–follow this link to see the whole list.

In his feature about the list, journalist Jeff Bercovici singled out Suzanne Collins, E.L. James and J.K. Rowling as rising stars on the list.  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

At the height of “Fifty Shades” mania, the erotic novels were estimated to be generating as much as $1.3 million per week for their author, E.L. James. And that’s not counting the $5 million she received from Universal Pictures and Focus Films for the theatrical rights. Add it all up and James is assured of a place near the top of next year’s top authors list. (Perhaps “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer deserves a cut of that? James’s books originated as works of “Twilight” fan fiction.)

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Jennifer Lawrence to Earn $10 Million for Catching Fire

Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence will earn $10 million for starring in the sequel, Catching Fire. Lawrence only earned $500,000 (plus bonuses) for her performance in the first Hunger Games movie.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “[Lawrence's] original deal with studio Lionsgate locked her into four planned films based on the best-selling Suzanne Collins trilogy, but producers — recognizing the success of the franchise — moved to renegotiate her contract as the film became an international sensation.”

Co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson are also rumored to be seeking pay bumps.

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50 Million Copies of Hunger Games Trilogy in Print

Scholastic has over 50 million digital and print copies of the books in The Hunger Games trilogy in print.

The publisher broke down those figures for the individual books in Suzanne Collins‘ series as well: 23 million copies of The Hunger Games; 14 million copies of Catching Fire and 13 million copies of Mockingjay. These big sales drove significant increases in revenue last year.

Here’s more from the publisher’s earnings report: “In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, revenue rose 24% to $678.5 million, from $545.3 million in the same quarter of fiscal 2011 … Strong sales in Children’s Books and International, especially of The Hunger Games trilogy, again drove substantially higher results.  Consolidated earnings per diluted share were $1.76 in the fourth quarter, compared to $0.78 a year ago. In fiscal 2012, revenue was $2,148.8 million, up 14% from $1,887.9 million a year ago.”

Robert Pattinson Will Not Be Cast in ‘Catching Fire’

Hunger Games fans have already started to speculate who will play the new characters that will be introduced in Catching Fire. Rumors flew that Twilight star Robert Pattinson was up for the role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games sequel.

In an interview with USA Today, Pattinson quashed those rumors: “I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games. I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent… [my agent] was like no one’s going to offer you that part.”

To be fair, Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence had worked with Pattinson on the film adaptation of Sara Gruen‘s Water for Elephants.

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