50 Shades of Grey…some observations.

No, I haven’t downloaded the books.  Yes, I am waiting for the price to come down a bit.  Why?  Based on reviews, I don’t think the price point matches what I’m willing to pay.  Anyway…the fact that cannot be denied, EL James and her trilogy is a runaway success.  Kindle sales have been steady, media coverage has been fantastic, and for a book that started as fanfiction (yay!), I was curious.  While my own material is not as salacious, I did want to check in and see what a (unplanned) commercially successful author did.

The website is basic, the covers are not spectacular, but one thing that I really liked was the soundtrack section.  As an author who writes to music, is constantly inspired and motivated by music, I actually loved that she not only listed tracks, but also the entire playlist (and which scenes they corresponded to) via YouTube.  I don’t see a lot of overlap between Ms. James’s work and my own, but the soundtrack idea is a good one and I’ll definitely be incorporating it into my own marketing upon release.

Additionally, should I strive to reviews like this one?  The Columbus Dispatch also criticized the book but stated that, “Despite the clunky prose, James does cause one to turn the page.”

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