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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

E L James top-earning author

It pays to have "James" in your name

We haven't heard much about that infamous sex-romp, Fifty Shades, lately.  But now the BBC reports that E L James, the creator, is the top-earning author of 2012.

The success of the Fifty Shades trilogy has propelled EL James to the top of Forbes' list of the highest-earning authors.

The British writer earned $95m (£61.5m) last year, the business magazine said.

She knocked crime author James Patterson off the top spot after three years. He took second place with $91m.

James's first novel Fifty Shades Of Grey sold 70 million copies in eight months. At its peak, the entire trilogy earned her more than $1m a week.

The Fifty Shades novels have been a publishing phenomenon, and have had particularly strong sales in the e-book market.

The series began as a piece of fan fiction, inspired by Stephanie Meyers' Twilight series, but was re-written before publication as a novel.

Meyers, who took 13th place on the Forbes list in 2012, did not make the top 15 this year.

James's success is almost unprecedented, said Forbes, as most of the names on its annual list are established authors whose earnings derive from sales of their extensive back catalogues.

James Patterson, meanwhile, will release his 115th book later this year.


Mark Hubbard said...

Lost track of her history.

Did she start out self-published, then get picked up?

Joan Druett said...

I've totally lost track, too. My main impressions are astonished publisher comments, and the fact that some really objectionable wannabe-like books have sold better than they deserved.

Emma Lavoie said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful book! I finished it a few days ago and cannot get it out of my head. It is pure magic. It was everything I hoped it would be and much more. Thank you so much. You are a great writer... EL James.
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