Where is the future of book publishing? In Harry Styles’ knickers, apparently. Anna Todd, 25, a first time writer who’s married and lives in Central Texas, has sold her insanely popular One Direction fan fiction e-book series, After, to Simon & Schuster Gallery Books for a reported six figures. At least she’s an adult, which makes me feel better because the thought of a 13-year-old making more money than me makes me die a little inside. Anyway, After – and its two sequels — has been read over 800 million times (?!?!) according to the website, and tells the story of Tessa Young, “an 18 year old college student with a simple life, excellent grades, and a sweet boyfriend,” who “meets a rude boy named Harry, with too many tattoos and piercings who shatters her plans.” Tessa and Harry — Styles, OBVS — have their own Twitter hashtag couple name — #HESSA — and Todd even sells goddamn jewelry inspired by the books. I’m not hating; I’m in awe. I still have no desire to read One Direction fanfic, but shit, if Anna Todd wrote a book about starting your own fanfic empire, I would read the hell out of that. [NYMag.com]
This edition of Real Talk delves deep into the seduction that is literary erotica. This week I’m joined by two popular writers within the genre, as well as an avid reader/blogger. We talked tropes, stereotypes, and the stigma surrounding erotica.
- Delphine Dryden writes award-winning contemporary erotic romance for Carina Press, and mainstream steampunk romance for Berkley. When not writing, she can be found noodling around on the internet or playing tabletop games far into the night. You can find her online at DelphineDryden.com, and she is on Twitter far too much. Or Facebook if you are into that.
- Jeanette Grey is a former physics teacher, artist, tech support consultant, and web designer, now trying her hand at writing romance. Her short fiction has appeared in collections such as Best Erotic Romance 2013, and her latest release is Take What You Want from Samhain Publishing. Find her online at JeanetteGrey.com, on Twitter and on Facebook.
- Jessica Luther is a freelance writer and journalist, reproductive justice activist, and historian. Her main blog is JessicaWLuther.com but she blogs about romance novels at Steel And Velvet. Keep reading »
Unfinished novel on your hard drive? Still paying off those loans for your MFA? It’s probably best to skip this post.
A 16-year-old girl named Emily Baker’s has gotten an e-book deal from Penguin for Loving The Band, which she originally penned online. For those readers who are not 14-year-old girls, One Direction is a boy band from the UK with that really
annoying awesome song “What Makes You Beautiful.” (I just remembered boy bands have really rabid fans.) Loving The Band stars a teenaged girl who gets caught in a love trial between two members of a boy band loosely based on One Direction and will be e-published on November 1. Keep reading »
I can’t be the only one who watched the “The Nanny” growing up and wished my parents would magically morph into a wealthy, single Broadway producer on the Upper East Side who needed to hire a daffy, loud-mouthed woman from Flushing, Queens, to take care of me. She’s got style! She’s got flair! She was there! That’s how she became the nanny! So I am as bemused as I am horrified to watch Fran Drescher read aloud erotic “Nanny” fan fiction on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” No, Fran, no! As far as my childhood was concerned, Mr. Sheffield was completely asexual. [Perez Hilton]
Are you sexually passionate about James Franco? It’s time to put your money where your mouth is and help make F**KING JAMES FRANCO, a collection of fan erotica, a reality. The book project is currently featured on Kickstarter, a site that allows artists to solicit donations for new projects by posting video proposals, and they are a mere $500 from their goal. Proposed by Portland-based Social Malpractice Publishing and Container Corps, they’re just trying to provide us with what we need, i.e. “hypothetical sexual encounters with the greatest American actor, writer, and visual artist of all time.” Keep reading »
My love for Ryan Gosling may occasionally take me to inane places — please see yesterday’s “sockless” slideshow — but at least I’ve never been so obsessed that I’ve written a book about our fictional love affair. The same cannot be said for Marce William Burchell, an obsessed Jessica Simpson fan penned the book above about their (fake) relationship, which he is currently selling on Amazon for $30. That’s basically a $1 for every word in just the title: The True Story of Jessica Ann Simpson’s 22 month long attempt to seduce a married man- her very Active Super Secret Sex life: True Story Jessica Simpson Seduction of A Married Man (Volume 1). Apparently, however, not a lot could have happened in that 22 months, as the book itself is only 30 pages. The Frisky staff is currently debating whether or not to purchase this pricey piece of fan-fiction; to put money in the pocket of a crazy person or not? I think I may try and score a freebie first. [Amazon via Crushable] Keep reading »