Fifty Shades of Grey.
The book itself has many people more qualified than I to talk about it – I actually haven’t read it yet. I’m currently very interested in how it came to the attention of the world – and shot to the top.
If the subject matter wasn’t controversial enough, the way the book came to be is even more so.
E. L. James was a participant in a Twilight fan site, but moved her material to her own site after her story started to wildly deviate from any Twilight relevance. The story first gained attention through postings and social media, and James kept writing. She, or somebody, (another grey area) put it out as a Print On Demand book and kaboom!
A traditional publisher – Vintage Books who is or was owned by Knopf which is or was owned by Random House – then picked it up and voila it appears in grocery checkout lines. Yet another thing to not explain to my daughters right now…. the practical hazards of a rope bikini… not now, please.
Once again, the moral of this successful self publishing story is … content.
This book had such compelling and interesting content, that it simply sold and sold some more. The rest followed like a weal follows a whip crack.
In the many many things we learn from this book – we learn that content really is dominant.
If the content is riveting enough, it will make its way blindfolded to the hands of readers everywhere.
I should stop now… It’s too tempting to tie myself in knots over this.
Seriously, I’m stopping now.
Congratulations to E. L. James!