The 2013 Chinese Writers Rich List, which has become a key economic identifier for the developing country, has suggested that online writing is becoming increasingly profitable.
The list, which also analyses that money being made by writers in printed literature, rated author Jiang Nan as its biggest earner.
In the year from November 2012, web-fantasy specialist Jiang earned over 25 million Yuan (£2.5 million) in royalty payments. The year saw a number of other writers in China earn well in excess of a million pounds.
Zheng Yuanjie, who earned 18 million Yuan (£1.8m), remarked that the list helps highlights the efforts of writers in his country.
Zheng, who has been nicknamed the ‘fairy tale king’, went on to say that he also thought it was key to getting more kids into literature:
“I’m also happy that the list may draw more attention from young people, perhaps inviting them to pursue careers in writing.”
There are an increasing number of authors today, with many starting off online. A large number of these also work for companies which provide SEO copywriting services. Their natural talent and knowledge can also be used to help firms deliver messages to their customers in the right ways.
In China though, the list is seen as far more important than that, with its creator, Wu Huaiyao, saying that the job of a writer deserves respect.
Wu explained that he had contacted all writers on the list to attend a special launch event.