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


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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