Monday, May 28, 2012

Is this the next “50 Shades of Grey?

This weekly feature tells the backstory of how one e-book became a bestseller, and highlights bestselling titles that are selling more copies in digital than in print.

This week’s featured title: ”Bared to You” by Sylvia Day. It’s #20 on the New York Times e-book bestsellers list this week.
What it’s about: The first in a trilogy, this erotic novel tells the story of a recent college grad, Eva, who meets billionaire businessman Gideon.
How it became a bestseller: Day self-published “Bared to You” on April 3, 2012. The book immediately invited comparisons to “50 Shades of Grey,” the originally self-published erotic trilogy that Random House’s Vintage acquired for seven figures in March and that has now sold over 10 million copies
Jane Litte, who runs the romance blog “Dear Author,” writes that “if I were to recommend any book today to readers who enjoyed 50 Shades and was looking for another book like it, this would be the first one I would offer. However, Bared to You is far better written with much hotter sex scenes.”

Like “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Bared to You” has now found a traditional publisher: Penguin’s Berkley imprint snapped it up this month and has already released the e-book with a new, “50 Shades of Grey”-esque cover. (That’s Day’s original cover on the left and Penguin’s cover on the right.) Penguin will release a paperback edition on June 6. (Day writes a bit more about the Penguin acquisition here, and notes that Penguin’s ability to get the paperback into bricks-and-mortar bookstores was one of the main reasons she signed up with them.)

“Bared to You” is US$5.99 on … Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo


Keri hulme said...

This is fukking Mills & Boon writ sexy large and to pretend it is anything else than wank literature is silly-

nothing wrong with wank-lit
nothing wrong with hiding it ( but why?)

it's always been around.

Pay your money & get your jerk-off stuff.


Pat Powers said...

Good point. It's a much more fun read than most "serious" fiction, which, let's face it, consists mostly of books people think you OUGHT to read, rather than books you ENJOY reading. Seriously!

Pat Powers said...

You know, reading this post more carefully ... I didn't see anything about bondage/dominance or even kink of any kind in the description of the book. Sounds like this might really be a straight up romance with no kinky content. Would I be right to suspect the old bait-and-switch is in play here?