S&M and Bondage Author behind “Fifty Shades of Grey” El James believed to be an expert persuader by analyst and book reviewers.
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British author EL James only left her job as a TV producer at the beginning of 2012, but she has earned $95 million (£62 million) in the 12 months to June from book sales of her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, according to Forbes magazine’s list of highest-earning authors.
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James, who is 50, published the erotic novel as an ebook in May 2011, and it quickly went viral online due to its racy plot about an affair between student Anastasia Steele and 27-year-old Christian Grey, a dominating billionaire.
James wrote two sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, and sales of all three books have topped 32 million copies worldwide, including 11 million in the UK and 16 million in the US. It is thought that Random House, the book’s publisher in the UK, has generated £50 million in sales from the trilogy.
The books have been credited with spurring an increased interest in erotic fiction among UK readers. So many people bought copies of Fifty Shades of Grey in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, last year on Amazon that the town beat any other in the country for book sales.
James’s takings put crime author James Patterson, who wrote the Alex Cross books, into second place with $91 million (£58.8 million) of sales and Suzanne Collins, writer of the young adult fiction series The Hunger Games into third place with $55 million (£35.6 million). Dan Brown, whose novel Inferno, the fourth in the Da Vinci Code series, is the best selling of 2013, came in ninth position with $22 million.