E.L. James

Traditional publishing houses have been forced to catch up to a suddenly mainstream genre once considered purely niche. "Fan fiction has absolutely become part of the fiber of what we publish," Gallery Books publisher Jennifer Bergstrom told The Washington Post in October. "This is changing at a time when traditional publishing needs it most."

Twilight has proved in recent years to be one of the most fertile grounds for fan fiction, begetting not only Fifty Shades, but other trilogies such as The Beautiful Bastard and the Gabriel books, among others.

Last year, the release of the Hollywood adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 2012 novel "Gone Girl" propelled the book onto best-seller lists in several countries around the world. Millions of people bought it, but how many of them actually read it from cover to cover? The Toronto-based e-reading platform Kobo, which delivers digital books to 23 million people in 190 countries and is a competitor to Amazon Kindle, recently released statistics for 2014 that showed the best-selling books in the company's major markets and how frequently readers finished the titles they bought.

The Guardian recently showcased research demonstrating that women are leading the self-publishing wave, at least in the UK. And while The Guardian linked this to E.L. James and the Fifty Shades of Grey effect, the underlying data shows that female prominence in self-publishing is a broad and sustained trend. Dr. Alison Baverstock, , an associate professor in […]

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Georgie Binks was feeling pretty chuffed about her first foray into self-publishing - until 500 of her books arrived in 23 boxes. "It was terrifying when they arrived," says Binks, author of A Crack in the Pavement, which was turned down by 10 traditional publishers before she decided to go it alone. "I was trying to find a place for them in the garage, thinking about how much work it was going to be to sell them and worried that I would be looking at them six months from now.

Book Riot has a great write-up on the recent release of Forbes magazine’s top-earning authors of the year. Jill Guccini begins by asking us to put aside for a moment any idealized notions we may have about what people “should be” reading. This list, with E.L. James, James Patterson, Suzanne Collins, Bill O’Reilly and Danielle Steel heading [...]

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In 2012, Poland's publishing market was worth some PLN 2.67 billion (US$805 million), a decrease of 1.5% from a year earlier, according to a market report released by publishing industry research firm Biblioteka Analiz.

In their report, analysts Łukasz Gołębiewski and Paweł Waszczyk said that, "the decrease in sales was not as severe as [in 2011], when aggregate revenues shrank by 8% from PLN 2.91 billion to PLN 2.74 billion."

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