Turkish novelist Ayşe Kulin has earned the number-one spot in Turkey's Top-Earning Authors in 2011 list prepared by business magazine Forbes Turkey.
Kulin, who published two autobiographical novels -- “Hayat Dürbünümde 40 Sene” (Forty Years through My Life's Binoculars) and “Hüzün Dürbünümde 40 Sene” (Forty Years through My Melancholy's Binoculars) -- and a novel, “Gizli Anların Yolcusu” (Passenger to Secret Moments), in 2011, earned TL 1,634,660 in royalties from the sales of her books in 2011, earning her the top spot in the Forbes Turkey list. Her books made TL 8,173,300 in 2011.
Well-known Turkish novelist Elif Şafak comes in after Kulin in the list. Şafak earned TL 1,610,300 in royalties from sales of her books in 2011. Her latest book, “İskender,” sold 369,000 copies in 2011 and earned TL 8,051,500.
İskender Pala, a professor and renowned author who earned TL 1,319,980 in royalties from sales of his books in 2011, ranked third on the list. His books earned TL 6,599,900 in 2011.
Prolific singer, songwriter, filmmaker and author Zülfü Livaneli, who earned TL 949,660 in royalties from sales of his books in 2011, came in fourth on the Forbes Turkey list. His books earned TL 4,748,000 in 2011. Sinan Yağmur, who earned TL 851,500 in royalties from sales of his books in 2011, ranked fifth. His books earned TL 8,515,000.
Ahmet Ümit ranked sixth, Canan Tan ranked seventh, Yılmaz Özdil ranked eighth, Serdar Özkan ranked ninth, Demet Altınyeleklioğlu ranked 10th, Nobel-Prize winner Orhan Pamuk ranked 11th, Ahmet Turgut ranked 12th, Mümin Sekman ranked 13th, Mustafa Armağan ranked 14th, İlber Ortaylı ranked 15th, Turgut Özakman ranked 16th, İnci Aral ranked 17th, Yavuz Bahadıroğlu ranked 18th, Reha Çamuroğlu ranked 19th and lastly, Kahraman Tazeoğlu ranked 20th on the list.
The list indicated that the combined total royalties earned by these 20 authors on the list has increased 183 percent since 2008, when Forbes Turkey released its first list, to total TL 11 million in 2011.