Twilight’s Meyer and Patterson top highest-paid authors list

The Along Came a Spider writer earned an estimated $70 million (GBP46.7 million) in the last year, while Meyer, whose vampire novels have been transformed into a hit Hollywood franchise, was paid $40 million (GBP26.7 million).

Horror author Stephen King was third on the list with $34 million (GBP22.7 million) and Danielle Steel placed fourth, with $32 million (GBP21.3 million).

They were followed by Ken Follett, Dean Koontz, Janet Evanovich and John Grisham.

Meanwhile, The Notebook writer Nicolas Sparks and Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling rounded out the top 10.