Highest earning adult fiction author (current year)
- EL James
- 95000000 US dollar(s)
- United Kingdom
According to figures published by Forbes magazine in August 2013, the world’s highest-earning fiction writer is Erika Leonard James (published as E L James), author of the Fifty Shades… series of novels. During the period June 2012 to June 2013, the British author netted a cool US$95million, beating previous record holder – the American writer James Patterson, who finished the 12-months with an almost-as-impressive US$91m. The Fifty Shades… novels have proved a commercial phenomenon, selling 70 million copies during the first eight months that they were on sale in the USA alone.