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    E. L. James, author of "Fifty Shades of Grey", was the highest-earning author in the last year, according to <a href="http://onforb.es/19dAqeJ"target="external">Forbes' list (link)</a> of top-paid writers of 2013. James, 50, earned $95 million.
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    Following closely behind E.L. James was James Patterson, author of the series "Maximum Ride" and "Witch & Wizard", who earned $91 million in the last year. One out of every 17 hardcovers sold in the U.S. is written by Patterson, Forbes notes.
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    Suzanne Collins, 50, author of "The Hunger Games" book series and the five-book series "The Underland Chronicles", was third on the list with earnings of $55 million.
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    Bill O'Reilly, fourth, Fox News television host and author of "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Kennedy", earned $28 million in the last year. His books held the first and second spots on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best-sellers list. His next book is "Killing Jesus".
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    Danielle Steele, fifth, earned $26 million in the last year. Steele is not only a prolific romance novelist, she also has written children's books and nonfiction.
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    Jeff Kinney, author of the "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid" series, sixth, earned $24 million in the last year. Three movies have been based on his books.
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    Janet Evanovich, author of the Stephanie Plum detective novels, was the seventh highest earning author in the last year, getting paid $24 million.
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    Nora Roberts, eighth, earned $23 million in the last year with her juicy romance novels, many in e-book form. "She sold more than 3.2 million digital copies in 2012, more than any other author not named E.L. James," Forbes writes.
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    Dan Brown, whose third novel "Inferno" was the best-selling book of 2013's first half, was the ninth highest earning author at $22 million. His crown jewels, however, are "The Da Vinci Code" and "The Lost Symbol".
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    Stephen King's science fiction novel "Under the Dome", which was turned into a CBS television series, helped him earn $20 million in the last year, making him the tenth highest paid author, according to Forbes.
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    Dean Koontz, number 11, earned $20 million in the last year with his suspense thriller novels.
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    Legal thriller author John Grisham earned $18 million in the last year, earning him the 12th spot in Forbes' list. "The Racketeer" was his 18th novel and the second best-selling hardcover novel of 2012, Forbes notes.
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    David Baldacci, former attorney like John Grisham, earned $15 million in the last year.
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    Rick Riordan, who earned $14 million in the last year, presents his novel in the Heroes of Olympus series, "The Mark of Athena," Oct. 7, 2012, in Miami, Fla.
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    J.K. Rowling, shown attending a photocall ahead of her reading from "The Casual Vacancy" Sept. 27, 2012, in London, earned $13 million in the last year with help from "The Cuckoo's Calling", published under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Rowling, 15th in Forbes' list, beat George R.R. Martin, who earned $12 million with his "Game of Thrones" fantasy line.
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