Fifty Shades Of Grey: E L James Named Highest-Earning Author

The old adage “sex sells” still holds true – even when it comes to books.

E L James, author of the erotic “Fifty Shades” trilogy, made an estimated $95 million from June 2012 and June 2013, earning the top spot on Forbes’ World’s Top-Earning Authors list (published on Tuesday).

In addition to her millions from book sales, the British writer also pocketed $5 million for the film rights to “Fifty Shades of Grey”; the movie is currently slated for theatrical release in August 2014.

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“Hunger Games” trilogy author Suzanne Collins (whose books have been adapted for films starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth), made No. 3 on Forbes’ list, with earnings of $55 million.

Crime writer James Patterson came in second with $91 million, while romance author Nora Roberts landed at No. 8 with $23 million.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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