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It's Fifty Shades of Pay for E.L. James, who according to Forbes is now ranked as No. 1 on the top-earning authors list of 2013.

The Fifty Shades of Grey scribe was reportedly paid a whopping $95 million for her titillating troubles, which included Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed.

Fifty Shades of Grey - the first novel in the triptych - sold around 70 million copies of its "mommy porn" content in just 8 months when it first hit the shelves and, as we all know, it's also being developed for the big-screen by . So her earnings are likely to increase over the coming year in correlation with the hype of the movie... I bet James'll give Rowling a run for her money!

Other authors to have made the grade of the world's highest earners include with her The Hunger Games trilogy and old-timer with her mainstream romance reads... Huh. So, along with this lot, the other 'important' books of the time in 100 years will be Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code, and Twilight. Really not sure how I feel about that...

Well, regardless of whether or not you're a Fifty Shades aficionado, this should be a lesson to everyone aspiring to write: Sexy mediocrity sells. If there's one thing I hope, it's that this will have spurred on a lot of people who have wanted to have a go at writing and never did. What do you think about the whole shebang?



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