Fifty Shades of Grey

Demise of mainstream publishing officially over?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [ on]

Bloomsbury hopes 21-year-old ex-intern will be next J.K. Rowling

By Chris Meadows
July 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 Forbes has a piece on Samantha Shannon, a previously-unpublished 21-year-old British writer, who was discovered through being an intern for a literary agent.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 [ on]

From the author of Fifty Shades, a how-to writing guide

By Dan Eldridge
March 11, 2013 // 3 Comments

It 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 [ on]

For Valentine's Day, an erotica e-reading survey

By Juli Monroe
February 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [ on]

Simon & Schuster to publish more reworked Twilight fanfic

By Chris Meadows
November 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

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 [ on]

Here come the erotica e-books

By Dan Eldridge
October 15, 2012 // 4 Comments

Reporting 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 [ on]

The lessons of Fifty Shades for bookstores, publishers, and media

By Chris Meadows
July 1, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [ on]

Twilight fanfic, pulling to publish, and the fandom gift economy

By Chris Meadows
June 19, 2012 // 2 Comments

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 [ on]

Fifty Shades prompts new interest in fan fiction

By Chris Meadows
June 19, 2012 // 1 Comment

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 [ on]

Might Fifty Shades start a fanfic-publishing bandwagon?

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2012 // 2 Comments

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 [ on]

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