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An online novelist in China makes some of the highest earnings of any writer in the world as his stories get adapted into a video game, movie and television show

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As far as I know, China’s model — in which fans read daily updates of online novels — has not been replicated in any other country," Zhang Wei says. He started writing and publishing a few thousand Chinese characters a day in 2004, and now he writes as many as 16,000 a day. The business model of licensing out his work has led to Stephen King-level earnings — more than $16 million a year.
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Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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