Fifty Shades and Then Some!
Justin Robert Young: So much of what we do on NSFWshow is crowd sourced so this was a natural outgrowth for us. Our Compliment Bomb project is a good example of it. Our audience, which self-identifies as The Diamond Club (where the name came from) is the most amazing group of people I've ever dealt with. Just insane. In fact, since Brian did the Scam School books we were also familiar with the submission process and the idea of mobilizing an audience to get exposure for the project. This was kind of just putting a lot of pieces together.
Pub Buzz: And finally, what makes you call this a hoax? Because you put your names on it but you didn’t write it? Because you never read the contents? Because it was never meant to fit together as a story? Hmmmm… now that I say all that, those seem like very good reasons to call it a hoax. And yet, in the end, what you’ve created seems to be a book like any other, if readers are reading it and enjoying it, no less a book than the fan fiction that led to 50 Shades.
Brian Brushwood: The longer this book stays at the top of the charts, the less like a hoax it begins to feel like. Even now, we've started calling it a "social experiment.”
Justin Robert Young: Actually, our names are not on the book itself. Patricia Harkins-Bradley wrote the book. 🙂 That picture is actually a fan of ours named Rebecca. She's the best.
We called it a hoax because people understand that and if we get the questions of "isn't this a legitimate book?" it's better than if we claimed it was a legit book and people were like "this is a total sham!"