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F&W is launching a digital book publishing company that will specialize in releasing digital copies of genre fiction from the 1940s to the 1970s.

F+W Media is launching a new digital-only imprint, Prologue Books, that aims to reintroduce readers to previously out-of-print crime, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, western and YA titles published between 1940 and 1970.

No word on whether these will be bowlderized like the Harlequin Vintage releases.  I hope this means that Charlotte Lamb books will finally be digitally released.

Which reminds me that Keishon emailed me to let me know that the Queen of Ellipses, Barbara Cartland, books are being released digitally as well. Barbara Cartland books on Kindle. I hope that these are legitimately for sale from her estate. The ePub versions appear to be for sale from this store.

With Fifty Shades of Grey making the New York Times interest has arisen from major print newspapers.  The women who are reading these series of books are not regular romance readers, but literary fiction book club readers who maybe read Kite Runner in their last group and furtively downloaded the Twilight series to their Kindles.  The paper books are hard to find, a status symbol one person told me.   Some women are even calling it Twilight for Moms.  The articles are focused on the sexual aspect of the books and how the wives are all buying gray ties and getting tingly downstairs.  The coverage could not be worse for us romance readers but given that the comparisons to Story of O will direct attention away from the romance genre.  According to the publisher, the three book series has sold more than 100,000 copies.

Interestingly enough, the articles seem to fudge on the issue of the story’s origin although it is clear that the writers of these pieces don’t know what fan fiction is.  There are a number of YouTube videos made for these books which are mashups of various movie scenes acted out by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison).

  • Globe and Mail  “For yummy mummies in NYC and beyond, the trilogy is a grown-up Twilight– their “mommy porn,” as some have put it.”
  • NYPost  “A guy friend of mine said he wanted to form a business looking for girls who have ‘just finished the book, before they cool off,’ ” says Brod
  • MSNBC “I downloaded a copy and don’t think I put it down until I finished it, despite what the pilot on my flight to Florida said,” she told “I can say, along with many other women I’m sure, that reading this book is very good for your marriage!”
  • Kate Davies reported that Jay Leno incorporated Fifty Shades into his monologue last night and another person emailed me to say that it was on the Today show this morning.

You can read Lazaraspaste’s epic review of Fifty Shades of Grey here.

I don’t know what to make of this article in the Washington Post about Oprah’s net negative effect on book sales.  Apparently because the books that Oprah recommended were hard to get through sales of breezier fiction declined. Or something.  And that is a bad thing.

When Oprah told people to go read books like “Anna Karenina” or “Love in the Time of Cholera,” romance and mystery sales plummeted. People were too busy marching through 862 pages of Tolstoy to breeze through their usual summer reading.

Chris Keeslar, the last editor left at Dorchester, found a new home at  Never heard of them? Don’t worry, no one that I know of has either.  It is a new digital romance publishing house.  This seems like the late 2000s where new digital publishers sprang up overnight.

Linda Hilton did some research on reviews at Amazon. It’s a pretty fascinating post. Here is a longish excerpt posted with permission:

Of the 13 reviewers who gave Daughter of Deceit 5-star reviews, six have no other reviews on file. Five of the remaining eight have other reviews, but only of other books by Haynes, either under that name or writing as Jerri Hines. The remaining two reviewers, identified as “Ruby W.” and “RCardello,” have reviewed other books, but they have given all of them 5 stars. “Ruby W.” reviewed four of Haynes/Hines’ books, giving all of them 5 stars.

Interestingly enough, Ruby and “RCardello” also reviewed books by Annette Blair, and of course gave them 5 stars also.

According to Jerri Hines’ blog both Annette Blair and Ruth Cardello are friends of hers.

And while there’s nothing wrong with friends helping friends, it does appear to me — if not to anyone else — that only friends and family members of Carrie James Haynes/Jerri Hines are giving Daughter of Deceit 5 star reviews. (Edited to add: One of the 5-star reviewers of Daughter of Deceit is identified as “Ramona.” Another of Haynes’ novels is dedicated to her mother, whose name is Ramona.)


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  1. Meri
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 10:26:45

    I’m glad that so many women are discovering that they don’t have to restrict their reading to book club fare, and that it’s okay to read for pleasure. But that media coverage of the 50 Shades phenomenon is just embarrassing with the emphasis on how suddenly all the Upper East Side mommies want to jump their husbands. Still, if it inspires people to read more and improves their sex lives, it’s not a total loss, right? Hopefully at least some readers will move on to better books.

    I noticed that although the fanfic origins are not mentioned in the articles, there are reader comments that make it clear what the inspiration was.

  2. Brian
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 10:28:29

    I don’t think I’ve seen this deal posted before, but Harlequin has a bundle called ‘For Love or Money’ for $0.89 which includes 3 books…

    Passion and betrayal, love and revenge-this combination can only mean Harlequin Presents! For Love or Money includes: Sale or Return Bride by Sarah Morgan, Taken by the Highest Bidder by Jane Porter and For Revenge…Or Pleasure? by Trish Morey.

  3. Mireya
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 10:51:00

    Is Oprah really that “influential”? I mean, I don’t think I ever watched her show and much less followed any of her book recommendations.

    The press loves “shocking” or “salacious” so of course they are giving so much press to what they would consider the “next Twilight”. It’s sad, however, that such horridly bad books sell so well. And mind you, I am not even talking about the topics, I am talking about actual horrid narrative styles and cardboard like characters… and I am not even a native English speaker. Sad, indeed.

    And yup, it does seem like epubs are sprouting like weeds again. Let’s see how many survive this round.

  4. Sunita
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 10:52:02

    @Brian: Thanks! I think Sale or Return Bride is one of Morgan’s best novels, and I know there are a lot of other readers who agree.

    Also, I reviewed Kearsley’s The Rose Garden here; it was a Recommended Read and on my Best of 2011 list.

    I don’t see how 50 Shades can be Twilight for Moms when Twilight is already occupying that space. It’s not as if all those websites and squeefests are staffed entirely by teenage girls.

  5. joanne
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 10:52:35

    “mommy porn” ???? Jeeze.

    I think Barbara Cartland is the Queen of Exclamation Points, but I could be mistaken. I’ll admit to reading many of her books and sometimes enjoying them and she was one of the authors that began my love of romance reading. I’m so glad we’ve progressed beyond her ‘innocent heroine, worldly hero’ trope. Oh wait, we haven’t.

    I also think her estate keeps a pretty good eye on the publication rights of her work and their income. Good on them. Her website says that she wrote “723 books, which were translated into 38 languages, making her the most prolific author of the 20th Century.”

    Or the luckiest.
    And also:
    “She left behind a staggering 160 unpublished manuscripts which we have decided to publish.”

  6. Evangeline Holland
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 10:57:09

    Ah 50 Shades… its success and mainstream attention just proves it’s all about the packaging. Pretty funny that the scrutiny of the sexual aspects and the response of the trilogy’s fans is largely that of “This is Empowering to Women!!”, whereas if the target of all this attention were, say, novels by Emma Holly or Megan Hart, we would see nothing but snickering and derision over “bodice rippers” and “Harlequins” (and ironically–“sexually frustrated housewives”). But I guess since well-coiffed Upper East Side moms have given it the stamp of approval, it’s more legitimate than those trashy romances read by middle-aged denizens of the Midwest or the Bible Belt.

    However, this quote from The Globe and Mail interests me:

    Although the trilogy is set in Seattle, the real-estate porn of Christian’s digs appealed instinctively to Manhattan socialites: “Harlequin is more middle America. This is like, New York, Upper Eastside: I can see it. He’s a billionaire, self-made,” said Ms. Rose.

    Harlequin Presents, with its billionaires, tycoons, and sheikhs is the most popular category line (though single title contemporary romance has shifted towards cozy, small-town romances with a stronger women’s fiction bent), and many of the other lines feature wealthy heroes who sweep the heroines off their feet or save them from peril. So I wonder what marks those as “middle America” over the 50 Shades trilogy (which I’ve heard doesn’t even get the American setting or American manner of speaking correct).

  7. MarieC
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 11:07:13

    Regarding Oprah book recs, while I’m not a fan of OW, I read a couple of the recs. Never again. The books left me depressed and wrung out afterward. Give me a tattered paperback Barbara Cartland any day! (I would love to buy more of her ebooks, but I refuse to pay 6 dollars for them!)

  8. Mireya
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 11:10:22

    @Evangeline Holland: I think you just hit the nail on the head, so to speak.

  9. LJD
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 11:13:30

    Uggh. I saw the Globe and Mail article last night, and it, along with the comments (and which comments were getting thumbs up), made me so angry.

  10. Darlynne
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 11:48:56

    @Mireya: In the heyday of her book club, there was nothing–nothing–that did more for a book’s sales than Oprah’s imprimatur. Publishers’ reps used to talk about the phenomenon the way Knights Templar believers talk about the Holy Grail: there was no higher aspiration sought.

    My local library has a reading club called, I think, “The So Very Literary” something. Seriously? Just looking at their monthly selection has me running for the door. Why can’t reading be fun and interesting as well as “important” and “literate”? I wouldn’t know what to say to them.

  11. Joy B
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 12:35:57

    @Evangeline Holland: The TODAY show actually called them “bodice rippers”. Sigh.

  12. MaryK
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 12:39:38

    Wait, the Harlequin Treasury releases are bowlderized? I did not know this. Why would they go through that trouble yet not correct obvious OCR errors? Is there a list or comparison or something?

  13. Jane
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 12:42:46

    @MaryK: Not the Treasury books but the ones that were part of the Harlequin Vintage Collection. Will update with link so as not to confuse.

  14. Sarah Frantz
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 13:12:11

    I hate hate hate that this book is some people’s introduction to BDSM. That makes me furious and so sad. :(

  15. Meri
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 13:23:41

    @Darlynne: My friends and I started a book club a few years ago and named it The Interesting Book Club. We generally stay away from whatever we’re supposed to read and pick what we like. I can’t imagine joining a “real” book club.

    @Sarah Frantz: With all the attention the 50 Shades trilogy is receiving, I imagine a lot of people will end up with it as their intro to BDSM. So maybe a basic “What BDSM Is Not” type post might be a good idea? Clearly a lot of fans drop by whatever review or post pops up on Google, and it could be educational :)

  16. MaryK
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 13:30:50

    @Jane: Oh, okay. Thanks.

  17. jennifer armintrout
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 13:36:15

    After today, the mere mention of Fifty Shades makes me start babbling incomprehensibly about double standards and literary snobbishness, and then I just see kind of a red haze and I black out.

    That’s happening to everyone else, too, right?

  18. Sarah Frantz
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 13:45:23

    @Meri: Yeah, but that might mean that I need to read the damn thing. Angela/Lazaraspaste did that job for me and I really don’t think I would come away sane.

  19. Liz Mc2
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 13:49:49

    You know, there is so much interesting reporting that could be done about the 50 Shades phenomenon (about why a particular book breaks out with non-readers, about the ethics of publishing fan fiction, about women’s fantasies–there are real experts who study that stuff, about the rut marriages can hit when people are busy raising small children … on and on). None of the reporting I have seen is like that. It is childish, giggly (OMG, mommy has SEX!), insulting and condescending to the books, to romance/erotica, to women. It’s really of a piece with all the brouhaha about contraception: women’s sexuality is not to be taken seriously; either we control it or we titter about it. The only thoughtful comments I’ve seen have been from bloggers and blog commenters, both those who liked and those who did not like the books.

    I think posts recommending further reading to people who discovered 50 Shades and might now actually want to read more romance/erotic romance/BDSM erotica are a great idea, and if they recommend books we think are better written, better represent BDSM, are better however, so be it. But they will only work if they don’t insult fans of the book for liking it.

  20. Meri
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 14:07:49

    @Sarah Frantz: Actually I think a post like that wouldn’t necessarily have to refer to the content of the book ; I was thinking more along the line of covering the basics of what readers should know if they are not too familiar with BDSM. Surely there are plenty of examples of other authors who get it wrong (or right)?

    But certainly your sanity must come first :)

  21. LG
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 14:15:00

    @Meri: Well, it wasn’t a “BDSM basics” post, but there’s a post combining several reviews for works in which BDSM was written badly:

  22. Mireya
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 14:47:52

    @Darlynne: That explains it then. I never had any interest on anything she did, and of course, that includes “recommendations”. That’s scary in a way, that one individual has that sort of influence. Sometimes people remind me of lemmings way too much.

  23. Jane
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 14:51:15

    I think we could do a Fifty Shades Fact Sheet describing the origin of the writing, similar books, definitional explanations of what the book is about, good BDSM practices and the like. That seems like a good fit for DA.

  24. my view
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 14:54:03

    Well, women like what they like.

    I think it’s rather elitist to believe a post is needed here to school women on the correct depictions of BDSM they should like.

    I found the The Today Show piece rather irritating too, insinuating that women are somehow wrong or misguided if they enjoy the type of fantasies in the Fifty shades books. Fantasies are fantasies. Let’s not put down fellow women for what they like. JMO.

  25. Sunita
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 15:00:54

    @Liz Mc2: Good romance novels, whether erotic or not, are structured pretty differently, though. I think one of the things that makes 50 so appealing for these readers is that the hero & heroine get together almost immediately and then you have chapter after chapter of sex/intimacy. It’s much more like stroke fiction (with both emotional & physical payoffs) than the typical romance novel in its structure.

    I’d just send them to the “Pulled to Publish” board at Goodreads. There are plenty more Twilight-inspired (re)works there. You can tell which were the mammoth, popular fanfics because the many many chapters that comprised the original fanfic are broken into two or three books.

  26. Lucy Francis
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 15:01:04

    Apparently, the Today show bit on Fifty Shades this morning was a doozy. Especially with Dr. Drew going on about his assumptions, equating BDSM to being titillated by violence against women and children, etc. Of course, he hadn’t read the book.

    ::sigh:: Just once I’d like to see a segment on a national show look at the positive aspects of romance novels.

  27. Jane
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 15:07:39

    @Sunita: I disagree. The couple does not get together immediately. I think it takes about 5 chapters and the actual sex does not occur until well into the book. I think what makes this book appealing is the concentration on the emotional angst which is what successful erotic romances concentrated on before it became how many people you can get into one bed and how many different clubs you can become a member in.

    edited to add. I looked at my copy and it looks like the first sex scene occurs in chapter 8. (I remembered this because there was this hugely long contract that was inserted into the book and the sex didn’t take place until after that).

  28. Meri
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 15:17:15

    @Jane: Sounds good to me :)

    @my view:
    There’s nothing elitist about it; nobody is telling anyone what to like or what sort of reading material they should respond to. It’s about providing information that many people are interested in, even if you aren’t.

  29. Sunita
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 15:17:44

    @Jane: Maybe I just put what I meant badly. I think the focus on intimacy is as important as the sex. I only read the first few chapters but I don’t remember anything but the relationship being front and center (well there was Anastasia’s insecurities and thought processes but they seemed focused on Christian).

    I totally agree on the emotional angst part. That’s why I said both the emotional and physical payoff. I didn’t mean stroke fiction in a pejorative sense. In my experience, the best erotica (whether erotic romance or straight erotica) is compelling and arousing emotionally, not just physically. This seems to be that for many people.

    ETA: Yes, Jane, you’re right. I take it back. The buildup to the intimacy looks like it takes about the same time as in a typical romance novel. But I still think that the focus and the repetition is important.

    In reading fanfic boards, blogs, etc., I come away with the impression that readers and writers find different kinds of rewards in fan fiction v. from-scratch novels with a more traditional structure. Maybe I’m wrong about that. But if I’m right, sending readers to, say, Megan Hart, isn’t necessarily going to provide them with the same experience. Of course, understanding what that experience and reward is isn’t going to happen by alternately giggling and finger-pointing at the readers.

  30. Mireya
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 15:32:15

    @Sarah Frantz: Wholeheartedly agree.

  31. Maili
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 15:33:58

    I have to say, this publishing house name – Boroughs Publishing – is a bit bland. It sounds like it’s a collective of English city boroughs. The logo pretty much enforces that. Here’s an example: Excuse me for being a shallow spoilsport.

    As for the success of Fifty Shades? Life has just made a notch on its pillar of odd mysteries.

  32. Jane
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 15:36:14

    @Sunita I wouldn’t send readers who enjoyed 50 to Megan Hart either. I have been thinking about books I would recommend. I think that a) they would want something that is deeply emotional, maybe overly so. For instance, perhaps more like Lisa Valdez. b) they like a hero in command so I wouldn’t recommend Joey Hill’s Natural Law, and so on. So it’s not just recommending an erotic romance but one that is tailored more toward the dynamic that is in 50.

  33. Sunita
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 15:50:11

    @Jane Yes, definitely. I thought of Passion first. The emotional intensity should work, but I wonder if the historical setting would feel distancing to non-romance readers. Also, a reader either accepts the Mighty Wang Of Singularity or can’t stop laughing. Patience, though, has the control aspect and emotional intensity as well. And there’s no unbelievable practically-in-public sex, as I remember.

  34. Lada
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:04:29

    I heard about the 50 Shades phenomenon on morning radio last week and they came to the quick conclusion that there had to be some genius marketing behind the book for it to be getting the type of attention it’s getting. Having already tried the book and not liking it and then enjoying Lazaraspaste’s epic review, I was shocked to hear it being talked about on such a popular show. Even if I had enjoyed this book, there are too many choices available for this one series to be getting so much attention without some serious effort behind it.

  35. LG
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:10:07

    @Lada: Why would it need genius marketing? It started off as a popular fanfic, so it basically borrowed a subset of Stephenie Meyer’s fans. When it moved to being fanfic masquerading as original fic, its fans went along with it and raved about it wherever they could. Curious people who probably would have never heard about it if it had stayed in the fanfic world checked it out to see what all the fuss was about. Any of those people who enjoyed it probably mentioned it to others.

  36. Jane
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:12:14

    @LG: There are definitely strong Twilight ties. First, the fans of Master of the Universe actually hosted a conference for the author in NYC (she’s from London). Second, the author sat on a panel at ComicCon for Twilight fan fiction authors.

    But, there is obviously something beyond the connection to the Twilight books that is driving the number of readers but the noise started with the Twilight fan fiction crowd.

  37. Lada
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:13:52

    @Jane: What about Joey Hill’s Beloved Vampire? You did a great review which led me to read it and I remember it being emotionally intense and satisfying.

  38. Jane
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:14:58

    @Lada: I kind of feel like (but I may be totally wrong here) that male sexual dominance might be an important factor but I wouldn’t rule it out.

  39. Lada
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:18:24

    @LG: I guess I just don’t get fanfic and its popularity that can drive those kinds of numbers.

  40. Bethaboo
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 17:01:23

    @Lada: Master of the Universe had over 20,000 reviews on when it was pulled from that site. It was located briefly at the author’s blog before that too was removed for publishing it as 50 Shades of Grey. 20,000 reviews is an enormous number of reviews–as a comparison, my most popular story only garnered about 2,000, but the number of actual “reads” was about 100x that. Using those numbers as a base, one can only assume that MotU had a staggering number of readers who were clearly willing to make the adapted original fiction version just as popular as the fanfiction.

  41. Tina
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 17:29:14

    Oh my. So I just got home from work and there was a segment on tv about FSOG. Complete with a Kenny G. soundtrack and the reporter breathlessly telling us that ‘The Bodice Ripper is Back!’

    No words.

  42. CK
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 18:13:31

    @Tina: ‘The Bodice Ripper is Back!’ ??!!!!! #$%^$#$$%

    I need a big stiff drink. It’s five o’clock somewhere, right? This whole thing is pissing me off on so many levels…*sticking head in the sand before I go ballistic on my rant box*.

  43. Kinsey
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 20:33:01

    Jennifer Armintrout: Yes. The exact same thing happens to me.

    Evangeline Holland: Bingobingobingobingobingobingobingo. As a resident of the Bible Belt it annoys the FUCK out of me that this book is presented with no condescension, no double entendres, no pitying commentary about bored and lonely housewives unable to separate fiction from reality, all because the skinny bitches in Park Slope have rediscovered their libidos through a work of derivative and poorly written smut. (Yes, I’m slamming it without reading it.)

    This shit is really pissing me off – and I swear (and I hope) it’s not just out of professional jealousy. I mean, I have THE BEST BDB fanfic story you’ve never read – the whole thing is in my head – it’s the story Vishous should’ve gotten – but do you see me inventing a band of badass vampires, slapping new names on them, and including a tortured bisexual telepathic genius Dom with a nuclear weapon for a hand? No. No you do not.

    And it’s not just because JR Ward scares the crap out of me.

  44. Ridley
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 21:23:15

    @Liz Mc2: I want to marry this comment.

  45. 50 Shades of Grey: Why Is It So Increasingly Popular? | Books in the News
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 22:06:45

    […] Jane and I have been discussing, and as she noted at DA, 50 Shades of Grey has been collecting the type of media exposure that publicists have fever dreams […]

  46. Lynn S.
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 22:33:31

    I’m not planning to worry too much about the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon. From the coverage here—not reading it and you can’t make me—I would say the bds-not content will make this a short-lived tempest. It would be the ultimate irony if I’m wrong, it obtained the inexplicable popularity of its progenitor, and then spawned its own fan fiction cottage.

    There is more attention-whore coverage for Fifty Shades of Grey, but, personally, I’m insulted by the ill-informed Washington Post article. I haven’t read Love in the Time of Cholera but I have read Anna Karenina and, although Tolstoy did have that guy tendency to go on and on about politics, the book was hardly a struggle to read and entirely beach worthy. Grab your SPF 50, your favorite floppy hat, your translation of choice, and geek out at the beach this summer. There isn’t anything more textbook romance novel than Kitty and Levin’s courtship.

    @Sarah Frantz: But is it any worse than the subtler misinformation in otherwise well-intentioned books like The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie?

    @Sunita: I may be misremembering, but I think Passion was the book with the sexy times behind the screen at the museum. Signing off now to go scrub my brain with a brillo pad.

  47. Joanne Renaud
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 03:57:19

    Wow. Now I know why my blog has been flooded lately with the “50 shades of grey excerpts” search. I was wondering why– I’ve only mentioned the book once, during an interview.

    I thought the book had been getting a lot of publicity before… but the Today show? The NY Times? I have… no words.

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