15 highest-paid authors of 2012

Here's the annual Forbes ranking of the 15 top-grossing authors in the book industry. Can you guess who's No. 1?

14. Ken Follett

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Follett is known for his fantastic fictional book "Pillars of the Earth," which was adapted into a Starz miniseries in 2010. He has also written numerous thrillers such as "Lie Down with Lions." Forbes estimated that Follett earned $14 million this year. The second book in his "Century" trilogy, titled "Winter of the World," is due out this September.

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