Let’s pause just a moment in our summer festivities to soak up the latest news from Variety.
It appears that it’s not just the Big 6 publishers who are falling all over themselves for the hot, used-to-be-indie erotica titles. Various movie studios are joining the fray, as well. According to the article, “The dozens of producers who lost out in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” derby have plenty of opportunity to jump into the surging “mommy porn” genre, as the erotic e-book sensation has thrust similar titles up the bestseller charts — and onto Hollywood’s acquisitions radar.”
It appears that indie books have become the new farm team. Just like Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling rose from the ranks of the Mickey Mouse Club, so the authors of “50 Shades”, “On the Island”, et al began their writing careers as self-pubbed indies.
The irony is that, in some ways, these steamy fictional tales follow the same trajectory as real-life. Authors ignored and humiliated by agents and trad publishers have ended up being the in-control “Masters of the Universe” (also known as the original title of “50 Shades”).
But all you smart indie readers already knew that, didn’t you?