Amanda Hayward founder and CEO of the Writer’s Coffee Shop located in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia would probably have a lot to say about it. She has launched her publishing house in 2010 with a dream of working “alongside talented authors” to provide “quality e-books to the growing marketplace.” Her dream grew out of her community site launched a year earlier which serves as a place for “friends [to] meet to discuss books, blogs, serial fiction, news and more.” Fast forward to March 11, 2012 and you will find one of her eBooks FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E L James number one on The New York Times besteller lists for E books and E and P combined – the paper version rights just sold to Random House for more than $1 million. The New York Times has described FIFTY SHADES OF GREY as an “erotic novel by an obscure author that has been described as ‘mommy porn’ and Twilight for grown-ups… [and] has electrified women across the country, who have spread the word like gospel on Facebook pages, at school functions and in spin classes.”
I personally hope that in this new world there is a room for both models, the existing one where great publishers and editors go on telling us about great stories and where the writers who can not find good home for their books can leave as the readers to decide if we want to read their books. After all where would we be without the likes of editors such as Charles Monteith who championed The Lord of the Flies. What do you think? Dying to find out even more about what all the fuss is about? The entire FIFTY SHADES OF GREY trilogy is now available in eBook format from Random House.