Posted on December 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Read it and weep: Each author on Forbes’s list of the highest-paid writers brought in more than $10 million in the period studied.

The magazine looked at estimated earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018, to make its annual list.

James Patterson claimed the top spot for the tenth time in the list’s twenty-year history, replacing last year’s queen, J.K. Rowling.

The Harry Potter author will have quite the uphill climb to knock Patterson back down, as his collaboration with The President Is Missing fell outside of Forbes’s timeframe.

That said, Rowling’s back catalog continues to sell, um, well, and three more Fantastic Beasts movies are planned.

The biggest story on the list, however, is Michael Woolf — the author of Fire and Fury, a tell-all book about Donald Trump.

Woolf is the only new face on the list (and the only nonfiction writer), but his odds of returning next year or beyond look pretty good: He signed a deal for a sequel to Fire and Fury, plus sold film and TV rights.

Head over to Forbes. to read more about these authors' sales and earnings.

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