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James Patterson’s Writing Started as a Side Hustle — Now He’s One of the World’s Highest Paid Authors

James Patterson at play in his home in the Town of Palm Beach, Florida
James Patterson at home in the Town of Palm Beach, Florida

By Jade Scipioni

At 73, James Patterson has sold more than 425 million copies of his 200 novels globally, making him one of the highest paid authors in the world.

Patterson had annual earnings topping more than $80 million between June 2019 to June 2020 and sold nearly 5 million in books in the U.S. during that time, according to Forbes.

In July, Patterson signed a multi-project deal with Amazon’s Audible for an undisclosed amount, with his first Audible Original, “The Coldest Case” out Thursday.

“I do not work for a living, I play for a living. I love doing it,” Patterson tells CNBC Make It.

But Patterson’s road to success didn’t happen overnight. He started writing as a side hustle and he faced a lot of rejection before getting his first book published.

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National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day on March 6th offers another way to celebrate one of our favorite desserts.

National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day on March 6th offers another way to celebrate one of our favorite desserts

Cheesecake is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of soft fresh cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake. Cheesecakes can be prepared baked or unbaked and are often served topped with fruit, chocolate or whipped cream.

There are many flavors in which cheesecakes can be prepared. However, this day honors the white chocolate cheesecake.

“Now, white chocolate is not chocolate in the strictest sense. It doesn’t contact cocoa solids.”

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Today is #WorldBookDay

My personal library of First Editions.

I became a professional writer by first becoming a professional reader. Didn’t grow up with a television. I was in 7th grade when I first saw American TV. So the first years of my life it was all about books. The US Naval base library in Naples, Italy became my second home.

What has your relationship with books been like? Tell me your story.

Happy #WorldBookDay

Tom Brady talks Lombardi Trophy toss, his parade sea legs and what Gisele told him after Super Bowl win

The Bucs QB spoke to CBS’ James Corden about all things Super Bowl

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is still celebrating Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl win over the Kansas City Chiefs. A few weeks removed from the game and parade, we are now finding out more about what was going through his mind when he tossed the Lombardi Trophy off a boat and whether there was more to him stumbling than just sea legs. The QB went on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” to discuss it all.

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Giro d’Italia stage 19 shortened after rider protest

Stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia, the longest stage of the race set to run 258km (160 miles) from Morbegno to Asti, has been shortened after a rider protest at the stage start on Friday morning.
— Read on www.cyclingnews.com/news/giro-ditalia-stage-19-shortened-to-150km-after-rider-protest/

Giro d’Italia stage 15: Tao Geoghegan Hart wins as João Almedia limits losses to hold pink jersey

British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart kept Team Ineos Grenadiers’ success rolling at this 2020 Giro d’Italia, winning stage 15 from an elite group atop the climb to Piancavallo.

Geoghegan Hart was one of three riders to survive the relentless pace on the category 1 climb, and he sprinted past Sunweb duo Jai Hindley and Wilco Kelderman to take the stage victory, bringing Ineos Grenadiers its sixth stage win at this year’s Giro.

“I’ve only won a few races in my career so this is something incredible to me,” Geoghegan Hart said. “For me, crossing the line first is something truly incredible.”

The British rider dedicated the victory — his first in a grand tour — to the team’s late sport director Nicolas Portal, who died earlier this year at the age of 40.

— Read on www.velonews.com/events/giro-ditalia/giro-ditalia-stage-15-tao-geoghegan-hart-wins-as-joao-almedia-limits-losses-to-hold-pink/

#GirodItalia: Filippo Ganna wins stage 14 time trial in Valdobbiadene

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) destroyed the competition to take his third victory at the Giro d’Italia, winning the stage 14 time trial in a blistering time of 42:40. The world champion was 26 seconds quicker than his teammate Rohan Dennis in second place.

Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) was by far the best performer of the GC contenders, finishing in third at 43 seconds behind Dennis and rocketing himself into fourth place overall. Having started the day in 11th place, McNulty is now just 12 seconds off a podium position after Pello Bilbao gave away more than a minute to the top GC riders.

Aside from McNulty’s ride, there was no huge shake-up in the overall standings.
— Read on www.cyclingnews.com/races/giro-d-italia-2020/stage-14/results/

Giro d’Italia 2020 – ‘Will this race even get to Milan?’ – Yates Covid test

The news that Simon Yates had to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia after testing positive for Covid-19 will have sent shockwaves through the peloton, according to Brian Smith.

Mitchelton-Scott announced that team leader Yates would not start Stage 8 of the Giro after he returned a positive test for coronavirus having developed symptoms after Stage 7. No other members of staff tested positive but Yates was forced to withdraw from the race.

— Read on www.eurosport.com/cycling/giro-d-italia/2020/giro-d-italia-2020-will-this-race-even-get-to-milan-wiggins-podcast-on-yates-covid-test_sto7942443/story.shtml