I just read a blog on how well the “50 Shades of Gray” books are faring… very well I might add. http://thatfantasyblog.com/2012/06/18/erotic-book-beats-potter-to-be-fastest-selling-paperback/
After reading this blog and spending the last two weeks hearing about the Gray book from all of my friends and co-workers who just HAD to read it, I’m wondering what it says for all of us struggling writers. Is it hope? Is it frustration? Jealousy? Inspiration? Do we have to write smut books (or mummy porn as the other blog says) in order to get our books to sell? [not that there is anything wrong with that - a lot of my all time favorite books are smutty and favorite authors write them] Aside of the sex and the curiosity factor, why has this book done so well?
Ok – I have not read the book. I don’t know if it is well written, if it is intriguing, if it is complete crap, or what. I have to think if it sold 100,000 last week alone that it can’t be all crap. There has to be something more than sex here. Is it timing/luck/well written and a bit of elbow grease all rolled into one mega-success-pack?
Don’t you just love blogs that ask all the questions, but don’t provide any answers?
I don’t have any. If I did, I would have written and published a 50 Shades of Book Sells already myself!