Fastest-selling author in history is also the books world’s top earner in the last year, with a tidy $95mAfter the dominance of fantasy and thrillers in recent years, the world’s readers last year turned en masse to a different variety of fancy, sending erotica author EL James straight to the top of the highest-earning authors list. The Fifty Shades of Grey author earned $95m (£65m) in the past year, jetting her straight to number one in the highest-earning authors list, above the likes of James Patterson at number two ($91m), and The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins in third place ($55m).The list is compiled annually by Forbes magazine in the US, based on best estimates using sales data, published figures and information from industry sources. Between June 2012 and June 2013, its figures show James’s supercharged besteseller sold faster than any other author in history – more than 70m books in the first eight months on sale in the US.JK Rowling’s ranking – at number 15, with earnings of £13m – is a steep comedown since the heyday of Harry Potter sales in 2008, when she topped the highest-earners list with sales of £170m, more than the combined annual earnings …read more

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