fifty writers on fifty shades of grey

Midwest Book Review for "Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey"

Wisconsin Bookwatch recently reviewed a book I’m in, “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey,” edited by Lori Perkins and pubbed by BellaBooks. Here’s a link. You have to scroll down to the Literary Studies section on this page.

And here’s the quote:

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has proved to be its own little revolution in fiction. “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey” is a collection of writers discussing the success and place in popular culture E. L. James recently famous work. Writers analyze James work as a discussion of erotica, its emergence in popular culture, the social issues that come with it, as well as its unique writing history. “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey” is a fine literary critique of the exceedingly popular work, very much recommended reading.

Giving E-Books for Christmas; Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades; B & N Free Book Promo

I hadn’t planned on posting anything else today, but after dealing with a minor technical issue with one of my self-pubbed books this afternoon I decided to not take anything for granted and post something about giving e-books away as Christmas gifts. I’m not promoting now, I’m talking about e-books in general. Let’s face it, there are still a lot of people who don’t fully understand e-books and I get that. I really do, because I’m dealing with these tech issues almost on a daily basis now.

The one thing I’d like to state is don’t be shy about contacting an author with technical questions. They don’t mind explaining things.

Now for Barnes & Noble. I can’t find the e-mail from B&N that I received earlier this week about this promotion. I thought I’d saved it, but I think AOL ate it up. So here’s a link to a free book Promo that B&N is doing this season in their physical bookstores.

We know that Barnes & Noble has the technology to process ebook transactions in its stores, and with a new holiday promotion the company announced Thursday, we’re seeing more ways that technology can work. Between December 20 and 24, customers who go to a Barnes & Noble physical store and buy an ebook from a list of 20 qualifying ebooks — including The Hobbit, Life of Pi and the entire Hunger Games trilogy – can “instant-gift” another ebook on that list for free.

I know that at this point, I would prefer an e-book as a gift more than a print book. I don’t need to hold that tangible item in my hand anymore. I’m past that and the digital version is more important to me.

I also wanted to add this, and it’s not part of the B&N promotion. But it could be a great gift idea for someone. I can’t promote my own e-books as gift ideas in too many places. My books are usually for the discreet reader, due to the adult content, and I know that. But I don’t have any problem mentioning a book I’m in titled, “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey.” The “Fifty Shades” novel has sold millions of copies. And the non-fiction book, “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey” might be an interesting gift for someone you know who has read the novel.

Basically, the “Fifty Writers” book is a non-fiction collection of essays that talks about the novel, and goes into detail about why people either loved it or hated it. And I’m well aware of how many people didn’t like the novel. I even get into that in my own essay in the book.

I actually bought a print version of the FS non-fic book for my sister-in-law to read. I’m also thinking of holding a contest after Christmas to give one of my copies away to a reader. I’ll post more about that in the future. I haven’t had a contest in a long time, and those I’ve had have always been with e-books.

Release Day: Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey by Lori Perkins


Today is the release day of FIFTY WRITERS ON FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. It’s a book of essays, edited by Lori Perkins, on how 50 writers interpreted the bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Here’s some basic information about the book, and a few facts. I have an essay of my own in the book titled, “The Delicate Balance,” that is focused on the differences between how the novel was received by both reviewers who were familiar with BDSM and ordinary readers in the mainstream who weren’t.

Here’s the Amazon link for the Kindle version. It’s already hit #51 on the Gothic and Romantic bestselling list. And here are three reviews:

“Fascinating examination of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy … Love Fifty Shades or hate it, this engaging and eclectic read has a little bit of something for everyone.”
Publishers Weekly starred review

“Food for thought for readers eager to learn more about the series and the lifestyle it depicts.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Written by some of my heroes in the industry, including Judith Regan, M.J. Rose, Heather Graham, Sylvia Day and forty-six others, it offers a way to understand [Fifty Shades’] popularity and appreciate its impact.”
ForeWord Reviews staff pick

And… Here’s some info from the Smart Pop Books web site by Benbella Books, publisher of FWoFSoG.

Available November 20, 2012
E. L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy has fascinated and seduced millions of readers. In bedrooms, in book clubs, and in the media, people can’t stop talking about it!
In Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, 50 writers—from romance and erotica authors, to real-world BDSM practitioners, to adult entertainment industry professionals—continue the conversation.
Fifty Shades as Erotic Fiction
Erotic romance writer Sylvia Day speaks to the new opportunities the Fifty Shades trilogy has opened up for writers (and readers!) of erotica
Fifty Shades as Sexual Empowerment
Romance novelist Heather Graham praises the way the books encourage women to celebrate their own sexual shades of grey
Fifty Shades as Fanfiction
Editor Tish Beaty relates the process behind turning Twilight fanfic Master of the Universe into Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades as Pop Culture
Fifty Shames of Earl Grey author Andrew Shaffer compares Fifty Shades to sister-in-literary-scandal Peyton Place
  • Matrimonial lawyer Sherri Donovan examines the legalities of Christian’s contract
  • Master R of BDSM training chateau La Domaine Esemar evaluates Christian Grey’s skill as a Dominant (and offers some professional advice)
  • And a whole lot more!
Whether you loved Fifty Shades of Grey, or just want to know why everyone else does, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey is the book for you.

Recent Publications and Something New for Next Year

It’s been incredibly busy since September, and I’m not talking about getting through hurricane Sandy and living for over a week without power. I actually worked during that time with my computer plugged into our generator for five hours a day. Then we would plug the generator into other things, like heat and TV to get through the rest of the long dark nights. I love my Amish friends, but I wasn’t cut out to be Amish. I need all the modern conveniences that are available.

In any event, I’m posting this list of recently published works for readers, and to keep myself organized. If I didn’t do this, I would spend most of my time working, writing new blog posts, and not paying attention to what’s been published. And I know as a reader I like to check out author blogs and web sites for more information. And I figure I’d better do the same thing.

In the Chase series, Ravenous Romance published the third book. The first two books in this series were published by Ryan Field Press and they are still for sale for .99.

Chase of an Adventure: Fifty Shades of Gay

The most recent from Loveyoudivine, is this one. It’s a quirky love story with a transgender character I’d wanted to write about for a long time. It’s more of a story about finding self-love than true romantic love. I think the plot summary on Amazon makes it clear.

That Cowboy in the Window

And I self-published this one with Ryan Field Press. This, for me, is a gay romance, with plenty of schmaltz and what I hope is a little humor.

A Sign from Heaven Above

I have a new book coming out with Ravenous Romance very soon titled THE IVY LEAGUE RAKE. I’ve posted about it here. And after that the next book in the Billionaire Bad Boy series will be THE WALL STREET SHARK. I just submitted that one last week and I have no idea when the publication date will be.

And, of course, there’s the non-fiction book I’m in about the novel FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. The release date for this one is November 20th. I’ll post something tomorrow about it.

Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

If there are any questions, feel free to e-mail me. All e-mails are treated with discretion and always will be. And, as we wind up this year I’ve been thinking about getting into something new. In 2013 I’m going to start looking for authors that I can publish under Ryan Field Press. I can’t go into any details right now because it’s too soon to do that. But just like all my self-published ventures so far, this will be a humble experience that I hope will give a few new authors a chance to get published without having to get into self-publishing themselves. I will be posting more about this in the future. I’ve learned a lot about indie publishing in the past year, from formatting to distribution, and now I’m ready to move forward with other authors who might be interested. I’m not sure how this will be focused yet with regard to genre, but I can say that I will most likely be looking for New Adult Fiction with lgbt characters…but not necessarily lgbt fiction. I think it’s time to incorporate lgbt characters into more mainstream novels. It’s time everyone started reading about them.

Press Release: "Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey" Event in NYC

This is a press release for a non-fiction book I’m in titled, “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey.” The book is a non-fiction collection of essays by 50 writers about the runaway bestselling novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James. I thought this event might be of interest to those who are fans of the book who live in the NY tri-state metropolitan area. And the event itself looks like it should be fun and it’s something I’m going to try to get to depending on my schedule next week.  


For immediate release

Book contact: Heather Butterfield, Publishing Associate
Smart Pop Books
(207) 944-8447 |
**digital cover image available**

DomSubFriends to host fifty shades book event

Contributors to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey Will Penetrate the Fifty Shades Phenomenon with a Panel Discussion at Paddles on November 16

Event Details
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 8–9:45 p.m.
Place: Paddles, #250 West 26th Street, NYC
Admission: $4 DomSubFriends members, $6 other group members, $10 non-members
Contact phone: 646-319-2780
Contact e-mail:
Must be 18 or older to attend.

On November 16, DomSubFriends will host an insightful and scintillating event on E.L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy at Paddles S&M club. There will be a Fifty Shades of Play BDSM demonstration, followed by a panel discussion featuring contributors to Smart Pop’s latest title, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey (available everywhere books are sold on November 20).

Join Dominant ChrisMarks and his submissive and romantic partner Lia as they explain what each of them gets from their BDSM relationship. Their demonstration will include sensation play with some pain, restraint, spanking, flogging, and will end with whipping, followed by aftercare.

The panel portion of the evening will include a diverse group of expert panelists:

        Moderator: Lori Perkins, editor of Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books, and editor of 20 erotic anthologies

        Sinnamon Love, former porn star and BDSM Dominant

        D.L. King,erotic romance author and BDSM lifestyle participant

        Pamela Madsen, author of bestselling submissive memoir Shameless, and women’s health and sexuality advocate

        Selina Fire, host of the monthly Pleasure Salon, a kinky cocktail party, and sex writer

        Stacey Agdern, bookseller at Posman Books in the Grand Central Terminal and romance reviewer

        Mala Bhattacharjee, erotic romance writer and Romantic Times Book Reviews staff member

        Susan Colón, romance novelist and O, The Oprah Magazine contributor

        Megan Frampton, romance novelist and Heroes and Heartbreakers romance blog moderator

        Debra Hyde, winner of the 2011 Best Lesbian Erotica Lambda Literary Award for her BDSM tale Story of L

        Rachel Kenley, erotic romance author and editor

        Katharine Sands, literary agent

        Hope Tarr, PhD, historical and contemporary romance author




About Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey


é “Fascinating examination of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy . . . Love Fifty Shades or hate it, this engaging and eclectic read has a little bit of something for everyone.”

Publishers Weekly starredreview


E. L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy has fascinated and seduced millions of readers. In bedrooms, in book clubs, and in the media, people can’t stop talking about it! In Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, 50 writers—from romance and erotica authors, to real-world BDSM practitioners, to adult entertainment industry professionals—continue the conversation with sections on Fifty Shades as erotic fiction, sexual empowerment, fanfiction, and pop culture.




About DomSubFriends and Smart Pop

DomSubFriends is an inclusive BDSM Organization serving the NYC and immediate surrounding areas. They provide educational classes, lectures, demos, and exclusive fetish parties and events on a weekly basis. DSF is open to all those 18+ years old.


Smart Pop is the pop culture imprint of Dallas-based publisher BenBella Books. Our mission is to publish smart, fresh nonfiction titles on television, books, and film. You can find more online at



Book Details:

Title: Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

Editor: Lori Perkins

Publisher: Smart Pop (An Imprint of BenBella Books), distributed by Perseus Distribution

Publication: November 20, 2012, $14.95 (CAN $17.50), Paper, ISBN: 978-1-937856-42-7

Fiction/Literature, 304 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4



Available at bookstores everywhere and through Perseus Distribution

Toll-free number for orders only:



Sexuality and Women’s Changing Needs: Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey; Nonfiction


Because there are fifty contributing writers in the nonfiction book “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey,” the advanced book promotion has been interesting. There’s isn’t one set web site or blog to get pre-release information. What’s been happening is something I’ve been seeing more of on the Internet: social media promotion.

In other words, the majority of informational posts about “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey” have been through twitter and facebook. Of course contributing authors like me are also posting on our web sites, but mostly it’s been all about fast, interactive social media. As a side note, this book isn’t the only change I’ve seen recently with regard to this subject. More and more people in general seem to be casting long individual blog posts aside for longer status updates on facebook to share their information. Makes me wonder if twitter will eventually lengthen their 142 character limit for updates.

In any event, this post isn’t about social media. It’s about what’s been happening with “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey.” I’m going to post a longer excerpt from my essay as we get closer to a publication date. But right now I’m linking to the FWoFSoG facebook fan page where a new quote from the book is posted daily. I think that’s a nice way to market, and kudos to Bella Books for coming up with informative marketing tools that aren’t in your face or obnoxious. It’s fast information, we all get the point, and it focuses on the important aspects of the book without spoilers.

The latest daily quote is about women’s sexual needs and how they may or may not have changed over the years. From my own POV in the m/m/gay fiction genre, I get private e-mails all the time from women readers who discuss this topic in a general sense.

Here’s the latest quote from FWoFSoG, by author Heather Graham:

“In the past few decades the role of women in our culture has changed more drastically than in centuries before. Or let me say—the roles we show to the world have changed. Have our basic needs and desires changed on a purely carnal level? Probably not. Women with sexual prowess existed as far back as the days we lived in caves, but until relatively recently we didn’t accept the idea of the wicked, wanton female as every man’s wife.” —Heather Graham “Fifty Shades of Woman”

This was Friday’s quote, by author Rakesh Satyal:

Today’s FIFTY DAYS OF FIFTY SHADES quote: “The student/teacher relationship is one that has appeared in art from time immemorial (paging Socrates!), but in pitting Ana as a finals-studying coed against the willful, angerous, punitive power of business magnate Christian Grey, James makes explicit the steamy pedagogy that piques the fantasies of many a fledgling academic, while avoiding the creep factor that would define a similar relationship written about a high school student and educator.

“After all, college is the real sexual awakening for many people.” —Rakesh Satyal, “Crass Is in Session”

I think “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey” is going to be an interesting way for readers and other authors to see how others interpreted FSoG as fiction, and as a huge runaway bestseller that no one ever expected to take off. There’s really no explanation as to why some books become big like this, and it doesn’t happen that often, but at least in this book of essays about FSoG I’ve been finding explanations I wouldn’t have come up with on my own.

The quotes will be updated daily on the facebook page I linked to above, so if you click like you’ll be able to see what’s happening and how other people are reacting. I’m not going to say, “Click LIKE for this page.” I hate that. I really do. I never do it. But in this case, being that FSoG the novel has sparked so much discussion the non fiction book, “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey,” is an interesting page to follow to see where people are going with this topic. I have no doubt that the minute I share this blog post on other social media I’m going to get comments from people who both loved and hated FSoG. And there’s nothing wrong with that, because “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey” is a bipartisan book. I like books that spark any kind of discussion because that means they hit a nerve somewhere and that doesn’t happen all the time. 

There’s going to be a give-away contest from the publisher that I’ll post about when I get more information. I’m also trying to come up with my own give-away, which I don’t do often. I’m just waiting to see how they will be distributing the books. I’d rather do a digital give-away because my readers are almost exclusively e-book readers, but it might have to be print. I’ll post more about that, too.