When it comes to writers, they don’t get more popular than James Patterson. The prolific author sold nearly 5 million books between June 2017 and June 2018, which earned him $86 million, according to Forbes. That was enough to keep him in the No. 1 place on the magazine’s list of richest authors, a spot the Florida-based writer has held for 10 out of the 20 years of the list’s existence.
How is Patterson able to sell so many books? For one, he publishes a ton of them. While some top-earning authors on the Forbes list had to rely on just one or two titles for most of their sales, it’s common for Patterson to put out a dozen titles under his name in a single year. (He works with co-authors on many of his books, which is why he’s able to produce a steady stream of new novels.)
New James Patterson books coming in 2019
James Patterson fans have a number of new books to look forward to in 2019. According to the author’s website, six new titles for adult readers are planned through April, though more are sure to come later in the year. Here’s what readers can expect:
The House Next Door: This book includes three suspenseful stories “about the danger that lurks in plain sight.” It’s co-written with Susan DiLallo, Max DiLallo, and Tim Arnold and hits bookstores on January 8, 2019.
Liar Liar: The third book in the best-selling Detective Harriet Blue series (co-written with Candice Fox) comes out on January 14, 2019.
The Chef: Detective Caleb Rooney, who moonlights as a celebrity food truck chef, is a suspect in a New Orleans murder in this book co-written with Max DiLallo and due out on February 18, 2019.
The Cornwalls Are Gone: Patterson and Brendan DuBois collaborated on this thriller about an Army captain who must commit a terrible crime to save her family. It’s in bookstores March 25, 2019.
Miracle at St. Andrews: The latest entry in Patterson’s Miracles series with Peter DeJonge about the world of golf takes readers to the greens at historic St. Andrews in Scotland. It’s on sale April 8, 2019.
Women’s Murder Club: 18th Abduction: In the newest book in the Women’s Murder Club series, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari work together to solve the mystery of three missing schoolteachers in San Francisco. It comes out April 29, 2019, and is co-written with Maxine Paetro.
New James Patterson books for younger readers
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Patterson may be best-known for his thrillers for adults, but he also writes kids books. He was three middle-grade and YA books coming out next year:
Middle School: Born to Rock: The latest book in the popular Middle School series (written with Chris Tebbetts) will be released on February 4, 2019.
Katt vs. Dogg: An illustrated story for middle-graders set in a world populated solely by animals, this book with Chris Grabenstein comes out on April 1, 2019.
The Fall of Crazy House: The sequel to the best-selling YA novel Crazy House features the further adventures of twin sisters Becca and Cassie. It comes out on April 8, 2019, and is co-written with Gabrielle Charbonnet.
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