Top 10 highest paid authors of 2011

9. Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, by Jeff Kinney, Harry N. Abrams, 224 pp.

If you have a kid in middle school, you know this name. Jeff Kinney, author of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series, made $17 million this past year. The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books feature Greg Heffley, a kid with an odd family, as he goes through middle school. The books are done diary-style, complete with doodles and drawings. The first book was also made into a successful film, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," in 2010.

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