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.”