Top 7 2013 China's 60 Richest Writers List released
The 2013 China's 60 Richest Writers List was released on Dec. 5 by publishing observer Wu Huaiyao and the Western China Metropolis Daily in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The controversial list has become an indicator of the reading trends in China. This year, writers of online literature, children's books, serious literature, and celebrity writers earned the most. Jiang Nan was the highest paid author, earning 25.5 million yuan (about US$4.2 million) in royalties from Nov. 2012 to Nov. 2013. Wu started the publishing annual list in 2006 and has been criticized for associating authors with wealth, but he insists that writers are respectable and deserve better lives because of the works they've created.