50 Shades effect: female authors catching up with men in terms of earnings

More women than ever are in the top twenty of Forbes' list of richest authors

Men may still be top of the annual list of the highest earning authors, but women are hot on their heels.

This year more female authors have reached the top twenty highest earners, according to Forbes. Suzanne Collins, author of ‘the Hunger Games’ is 10th, earning £13m, while Harry Potter author JK Rowling is 11th, earning £11m last year.

Although Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James is not on the list yet, it’s believed she will be near the top of next year’s rankings. She’s estimated to have earned a staggering $1m a week during the height of the erotic novels’ popularity in the US.

The highest earning woman on the list is Nora Roberts in seventh place. She has written 200 books, including the ‘In Death’ series.

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