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.http://ryan-field.blogspot.com/2012/11/cover-preview-billionaire-ivy-league.html 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 | heather@benbellabooks.com
**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: DomSubFriends@aol.com
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 smartpopbooks.com.



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.   

Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey Swag!!

I’ve posted about how I’m part of a book being released this fall titled, “Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey.” I’ve been around for a long time and I’ve seen a lot of book releases in my time, from anthologies I’ve been in to single author titles. But this is the first time I’ve ever seen promotional swag like THIS!

Update: More Info For "Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey"

The marketing person for Bella Books sent me more info for the upcoming non-fiction book, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, that revolves around essays about the novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. I also received a final cover image.

The publication date is November 20, 2012.

The book will be released in print and digital format at the same time.

For more info, check out my previous post here, and here. And I’ll be posting more in the coming weeks as things come up.

This might be an interesting book for the millions of people who bought Fifty Shades of Grey…whether you liked it or you didn’t like it. My essay in the book focused on balance. I was one of those who did like it. But after I read more reviews and did more research for my own BDSM romance, Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street, I soon began to understand why others didn’t like it. And I used facts, not just subjective analysis.

One key factor in the balance I talked about in my essay was that what happens during BDSM scenes isn’t always what happens when the characters are not involved in BDSM sex scenes and they are interacting in non-sex scenes. In other words, just because a character is submissive during sex does not mean that character is submissive in all other areas of his or her life. In my own book I wanted to create that balance. I also wanted to understand why some reviewers despised FSoG so much. At first, to my own chagrin, I thought they were being snarky. But I finally did get it.

"Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey"

Before I get into Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey I’m linking to an article that talks about future film plans for FSoG, here.

Best selling author E L James has finally broke her silence on whether “Fifty Shades of Grey” will remain a trilogy on the big screen. The film rights were purchased in March by Universal Pictures yet there was no discussion on how many films would be made. Although there has been no official announcement, E L James has taken to her favorite social media outlet, Twitter, to answer the question. On August 25 a fan asked James, “is the film going to be a combination of all books wrapped up?” Within minutes the author responded by stating, “three films hopefully :).” This is exciting news to fans who have been wondering for months how the novels would be depicted on film.

The article goes on to talk about who might be cast in the lead roles…none of which are Matt Bomer, unfortunately.

There’s also a non-fiction book coming out this fall titled Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey. You can check it out here on Amazon. I participated in the book with an essay about my thoughts and feelings about FSoG, and went into detail about my reading experience, how I found FSoG on a review site, and how it actually inspired me to write my own BDSM novel, Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street. I’d like to emphasize that Jonah Sweet is not a parody of FSoG and does not even come near the storyline. In fact, in my book, after reading what so many loved and hated about FSoG in reviews, and then weighing them and examining the reasons why some either love it or hated it, I decided to write a BDSM novel that was NOT like FSoG.

But when asked if I was interested in contributing to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, I couldn’t wait to get started. It wasn’t easy to keep it short. I could have written a chapter if there’d been room. What I found most interesting about FSoG was that the people who seemed to dislike it were very into the BDSM lifestyle and almost felt insulted at the way BDSM was handled in FSoG. I’ll admit that I didn’t get that at first. Now I do get it.

On the other hand, the mainstream…people who know nothing about BDSM but are curious about it, including me…embraced the book in ways no one ever expected. And these mainstream readers gave FSoG great reviews. I NEVER talk about my own reviews here. But I think I can say this without offending anyone. I had one review for Chase of a Lifetime a few months ago where the author of the review talked about what she hated in my book and what she loved in Fifty Shades of Grey. Being that Chase of a Lifetime and Fifty Shades of Grey are nowhere even close to being identical books…not in any way, shape or form…I found that interesting. There isn’t even BDSM in COAL. In fact, I would not hesitate to say that Fifty Shades of Grey and Chase of a Lifetime are completely different books all the way around.

And yet a reader went out of his/her way to compare my book to FSoG. I’m sorry the reader didn’t like my book. And there’s nothing I can do about that. It’s happened before and it will happen again and I’ll live. But that was one negative review that I did learn from. It gave some good solid information that helped inspire my essay in Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey. I also think the reader may have been tempted to read one of my books because of Fifty Shades of Grey. I can’t be sure about that. But I’ve heard other authors of erotic Romance say this is true.

I think this is important to add. I wrote my essay for Fifty Writers from the POV of being a mainstream reader who knows nothing about BDSM. And even though FSoG inspired me to write a BDSM novel, it did not inspire me to the point where I wanted to write FSoG fanfic. I didn’t like it that much. I’ve also read that most people who bought FSoG and helped make it the blockbuster hit its been, allegedly did not bother to finish it. They have ways of tracking these things now with e-readers, and from what I hear this is based on clinical data. Evidently, only one in ten readers actually finish the book.

I will post more about Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades as we get closer to a release date. I’m curious about what the other forty-nine writers thought about FSoG. From what I’ve been told the essays include opinions and thoughts from writers who did not all share the same opinions.

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