Fifty Shades and Then Some!
That’s something that could only happen in ePub.
Pub Buzz: You said on your video that you saw that the top ten bestselling ebooks on iTunes were 50 Shades of Grey books and various rip-offs. Why did this offend you?
Brian Brushwood: I’m not in the least bit offended by the success of “50 Shades,” but it was a bit of a bummer to release “Scam School Book 2” and have it be utterly dominated by books that appeared to be selling mostly because they simply looked like “50 Shades.”
Pub Buzz: And by the way, did you look closely at the books on the list? One of them, for example, “Gone Girl,” is actually a very well-written literary thriller and as far as I’m aware there’s no porn in “Unbroken.”
Brian Brushwood: Yeah, the top 10 list changed since June. At the time of the “Scam School” release, 7 of the top 10 were romance novels. When we made our video for release, we just ran the latest screenshot.
Justin Robert Young: We were very flattered to outpace Gone Girl (currently the number one NYT Bestseller) for a week with DC. Also, to be among names like EL James, Gillian Flynn and Brad Thor is kind of awesome.
Pub Buzz: How did you come up with the crowdsourcing idea? It seems like a very novel application of a popular trendy approach with a more traditional form.
Brian Brushwood: That largely came from watching the fans of our NSFW show work: halfway through an episode of our comedy show, we might make a joke about a dubstep remix of a presidential speech, and by the time the episode’s over they’ll already be sending us a link. Neither of us have seen anything like the speed and talent of this giant pack of wildmen and wildwomen.