James Patterson Ranks As Highest-Grossing Author
Posted on Mon Aug 23, 2010 08:10 AM PDT

patterson200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Writer James Patterson made over $70 million over the last year making him the highest paid author. He moves to the top spot from second place last year. His latest deal, estimated at $100 million, has him writing 17 books by the end of 2012.

Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer ranks number two ... earning $40 million over the past year. According to reports, $7 million came from various movies that came from the Twilight series. This year, the third Twilight movie made over $175 million in just six days.

Despite the novel business suffering from low sales, these two authors are still making millions. As for Patterson, he's written 51 NY Times best sellers to date.