'Fifty Shades' E.L. James debuts at No. 1 on author earnings list
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Britain's E.L. James, the writer of the Fifty Shades Of Grey series of erotic novels, has made it onto the Forbes list of the world's top-earning authors - landing in first place.
James, a former television executive, surpassed regulars on the list, including James Patterson, Danielle Steel and Stephen King, with estimated earnings of US$95 million (S$120 million) in the year to June 2013, thanks to the titillating trilogy.
"The e-book format was a key factor, giving readers an easy way to purchase sex-filled sequels - and a discreet way to read them in public," according to forbes.com.
Former No. 1 Patterson came in second with earnings of US$91 million, while Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games and the five-book series The Underland Chronicles," was a distant third at US$55 million.