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Fifty Shades of Grey takes the indie route to 100 million bestsellerdom
March 5, 2014 | 12:25 pm

According to an announcement at the London Book Fair, worldwide sales of EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey erotic fiction trilogy have now passed the 100 million mark. This comes courtesy of the trilogy's publisher, Vintage Books, a Penguin Random House imprint who - let's remember - were not the first book's original publisher. That honor goes to The Writer's Coffee Shop, "an up and coming independent publisher based out of New South Wales, Australia." So let's just dig back in to what made this all possible - including a hefty dose of viral reader uptake, indie promotion, serial releases,...

Demise of mainstream publishing officially over?
October 7, 2013 | 12:12 pm

A couple of recent reports indicate that traditional publishing is now well past its Napster moment, where digital disruption and new business models threatened to drop-kick the industry into extinction. In fact, as reported in Forbes, mainstream publishers seem to be raking in more dough than ever, and in an era when bonuses for bankers and corporate bosses are a subject for vitriolic condemnation, the new big bonus beneficiaries appear to be book editors. As per the [easyazon-link asin="B00FMIFR26" locale="us"]more extended analysis[/easyazon-link] from Forbes contributor David Vinjamuri, the trends that have made the new publishing ecosystem a boon for, not the...

Bloomsbury hopes 21-year-old ex-intern will be next J.K. Rowling
July 3, 2013 | 2:21 pm

How eager are publishers to find the next JK Rowling? Apparently, quite a lot. Forbes has a piece on Samantha Shannon, a previously-unpublished 21-year-old British writer, who was discovered through being an intern for a literary agent. Bloomsbury is going to publish her first book, the first in a 7-part young-adult dystopian series, for a “mid-six-figure” advance, and hope that it takes off like Harry Potter. Forbes throws around some perhaps startling figures on this. Of the 400-highest-selling titles in 2012, the Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hunger Games trilogies combined accounted for 25% of all copies sold,...

Ellora’s Cave, a digital publishing pioneer, still going strong in erotic romance
June 10, 2013 | 9:30 pm

Ellora's CaveEllora’s Cave started small. Just one writer who wanted to publish her erotic romance fiction. But no publisher would take her on. So Tina Engler (a k a Jaid Black) created Ellora’s Cave in 2000 to get her books in the hands of readers, in the process becoming one of the first digital publishing companies in the marketplace. Customers would send money through PayPal to Engler, and then she would email PDFs and Word documents of her books to her customers. One of the most primitive forms of e-books, but that’s how it all started. [caption id="attachment_86585" align="alignright" width="185"] Ellora's Cave founder Tina Engler[/caption] More than...

From the author of Fifty Shades, a how-to writing guide
March 11, 2013 | 9:22 pm

Fifty ShadesIt sounds suspiciously like a story from The Onion: 'Fifty Shades' author to publish writing guide. But nope—it's actually a real-life AP wire story that appeared on the Philadelphia Inquirer's website this morning. Scheduled to be published on May 1 by Random House's Vintage imprint, Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal) will be a combination of author E.L. James' professional writing advice and—get this—blank journal pages for readers to fill with their own words. Wow. You definitely don't need an English lit degree to see this book for what it is: A fairly easy way to make a pile of money by cashing in...

More reviewers say ‘yes’ to indie authors today, but getting noticed is still an uphill climb
February 26, 2013 | 10:10 pm

More reviewers say 'yes' to indie authors todayAllen Schatz published his first book two years ago. After things didn’t work out with an agent, he went the self-publishing route and knew he had to market on his own, which meant contacting reviewers. Some said yes, many said no. But Schatz noticed a change in the business around this time and self-publishing didn’t seem like a death sentence for his writing career. “By the time my former agent released me, things had changed enough for me to go the self-publishing route,” said Schatz, whose first book was Game 7: Dead Ball. “It really wasn’t hard finding reviewers. There are a number of...

For Valentine’s Day, an erotica e-reading survey
February 14, 2013 | 4:54 pm

It’s Valentine’s Day, and what better day to talk about e-books and romance? Or to be more specific, e-books and erotica. E-books have been very good for the erotica genre. Even the Wall Street Journal thinks so. Why? Because women can now read books they’d otherwise be ashamed to be seen reading in public. No more blushing! After all, would you want your seatmate on the subway to know you were reading Fifty Shades of Grey? I didn’t think so. Erotica and digital reading have had other unique pairings lately. Who would have thought, for instance, that e-books (especially erotica books) could have...

Self-published schoolgirl lands three-book publishing deal after becoming online hit
January 21, 2013 | 3:45 pm

Watch out EL James, there's a new writer out to steal your crown as a bestselling romance novelist—and she's only 17-years-old. Like the [Fifty Shades] author, Beth Reeks was snapped up by a publisher after her book was initially a hit online. Now her novel, The Kissing Booth, is set to be published in paperback, which could see the teenager propelled even higher up the bestsellers lists. Like James, Reeks' genre is romance but, befitting for her age and that of her target teen audience, she doesn't realm into the erotic. Her novel is described as a 'cool, sexy young adult romance', and is about the...

’50 Shades’ Success Yields $5K Bonuses at Random House
December 12, 2012 | 11:30 pm

  Employees at book publisher Random House are getting a little something extra in their fishnet Christmas stockings this year, a $5,000 bonus. The bonus, which will be the same for top editors as their secretaries, follows a particularly good year for the publishing house in large part from the success of ... Read Full Article Source: ABC News * * *    ...

Simon & Schuster to publish more reworked Twilight fanfic
November 8, 2012 | 8:04 pm

Ever since reworked Twilight fanfic Fifty Shades of Grey hit bookstore shelves and immediately burned a path up the charts, many publishers have been giving more serious consideration to fanfic. Might it make a decent source of publishable stories, a sort of Internet slushpile they could mine for nuggets at their leisure? But it seems that history shows yet again that you can always count on someone to learn the wrong lesson: If one Twilight fanfic is able to strike it big, why not try again with another one? A Simon & Schuster imprint has just made a “substantial” book deal...

Here come the erotica e-books
October 15, 2012 | 3:09 pm

Tops and Bottoms Discipline Elizabeth ColdwellReporting from this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, AFP's Frederic Happe filed an amusing feature over the weekend about the somewhat recent—and astonishingly quick—rise of e-books with fictional erotic themes. It doesn't exactly take a publishing futurist, of course, to understand why erotic e-books have attained such popularity, and as far as I can tell, there are really only two main factors in play here: 1. The breakaway success of EL James' Fifty Shades trilogy has resulted in untold numbers of copycat attempts. To get a sense of just have prevalent erotica has lately become in the publishing industry, check out this AP...

EL James of Fifty Shades fame threatens a sex-themed party planner with legal action
September 11, 2012 | 10:03 pm

There's a halfway decent chance this story isn't even true, but the infamous Daily Mirror (a UK tabloid) and its sister publication, the Coventry Telegraph, are both reporting that Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James has threatened a sex-themed party planner with legal action. According to the two papers, a 45-year-old woman by the name of Tina Winters (that's her in the photo above) wanted to launch a small home-party business that would host Fifty Shades of Grey-themed buying parties. Winters would presumably host the events at the homes of various women; she would then sell lingerie and discuss sex...

The lessons of Fifty Shades for bookstores, publishers, and media
July 1, 2012 | 4:46 pm

50-shades-of-grey-o_thumb[1]The popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey continues, and people keep trying to make sense of it. The Bookseller’s blog had a couple of interesting posts lately on the phenomenon. Scott Pack writes of how the book came from right out of nowhere, completely overturning established expectations, and now publishers and bookstores are scrambling to capitalize on the momentum. Expect a bunch of copycat covers to appear over the next few months. Pack believes that this is a great thing, regardless of the quality or lack thereof of Fifty Shades itself, not because it will get people to read...

Fifty Shades of Grey
June 21, 2012 | 9:09 am

Twilight fanfic, pulling to publish, and the fandom gift economy
June 19, 2012 | 10:29 pm

Doctor Science, the blogger who wrote a couple of installments on the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon last month that I blogged about at the time, actually wrote a third piece, which I only just noticed when I went back to check references for the fanfic article I posted earlier. The first two parts talked about “the decline of the publishing industry,” indicating that (at least in some cases) fans were providing a lot better value when it came to editing fanfics than publishers were to editing submitted manuscripts. (Not surprising, in light of a study showing that...

Fifty Shades prompts new interest in fan fiction
June 19, 2012 | 5:38 pm

Fifty Shades of Grey certainly seems to be taking the publishing world by storm, catching imagination not so much for the content but for what it represents. On the Bookseller’s FutureBook blog, Agent Orange turns up his (or her?) nose at the reading public’s taste (or lack thereof) in making such a work popular, but adds: What is far more worrying for the business is how completely the Fifty Shades story encapsulates the perilous position the traditional elements of the business are in. This is a book that no agent would have thought to represent had...

Might Fifty Shades start a fanfic-publishing bandwagon?
April 30, 2012 | 10:15 am

On The Bookseller, Neill Denny reflects on how Fifty Shades of Grey is burning up the sales charts. He looks at it in terms of the overall spiciness of the erotic content, which goes somewhat beyond the boundary of what is normally considered “romance” and wonders if it will start a trend toward publishing more explicit books. Certainly British society has been “pornified”—by strip clubs, the web, lads’ mags, you name it—on a level that would have been inconceivable a generation ago. Perhaps publishing has lagged behind the curve while a new mainstream market, more comfortable...

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