You probably have heard a lot about the book 'Fifty Shades of Grey' lately. Since March 2012, total income to the Author (including movie rights) has been an estimated $10 million USD, and counting.
It was first published online, as fan-fiction, a little over a year ago, before becoming an ebook and print-on-demand physical book. The Author was not well-known, and only started writing fiction in 2009.
In March of this year it was picked up by a publisher, and sales exploded. This week a movie deal was signed, and there are also plans to develop a brand, with merchandise (lingerie, perfume, etc.) In four short months, 50 Shades of Grey has sold over 31 million copies (13 million or so on Kindle?), two-thirds of which were in the US alone.. and sales are continuing to grow exponentially!
Of the 8300+ reviews on Amazon, 3500 people love it, and 2600 hate it. The only part of the book that I have read is the free excerpt, which seems ok to me, but still doesn't explain why the book is such a hit.
At first glance, it appears to be nothing special.. There are reports that 'a seventh grader could have written it', and complaints about the repetitive wording, and lack of editing. It is in the 'romance' niche (or Literotica), which is nothing new, and there are no doubt many other excellent (and perhaps more deserving) books in this category.
So, just wondering...
Have you read 50 Shades of Grey?
If so, what do you think is the secret of it's massive success?