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$70 million

One out of every 17 novels bought in the U.S. are authored by Patterson. Over the past two years he has made some $500 million for Hachette, his publisher.
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$40 million

Last fall Meyer's novels were fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh on USA Today's bestseller lists.
Her four-book series, Twilight, has sold 40 million copies in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide.
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$34 million

King is currently working on a deal with DC Comics to co-write a comic book series; a musical with John Mellencamp; and a drama series with the SyFy network based on his novella The Colorado Kid.
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$32 million

Steel has four new hardcovers out this year and clinches an average $7 million advance per book.
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$20 million

Follett's The Pillars of the Earth was adapted to a TV series that premiered in July starring Donald Sutherland.
Follett often sets his novels where he lives: the author has homes in Stonehenge, London, Antigua and South Africa.
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$18 million

Forty-four of his novels have been New York Times bestsellers.
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$16 million

Evanovich may rank seventh, but her selling power is comparable to James Patterson (about 20 million of her titles sell annually).
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$15 million

Grisham's new legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, is his first aimed at the tween market.
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$14 million

One of the top-selling romance genre writers, Sparks has sold 55 million books.
Movies made from Sparks' books have grossed $300 million.
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$10 million

The Harry Potter series made Rowling the world's first author-billionaire.
Existing book sales are still minting money for Rowling, however with no new Potter book things are slowing down.
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the top 10 highest paid authors.

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