This One Direction-Related Publishing Deal Makes Me Weep for the Industry

The Fifty Shades series is one of the most abdominal pieces of shit of this century. Not only it is highly offensive to the sexual sensibilities of both men and women, they’re terribly, terribly written. Yet the trilogy has sold in the gazillions. Then again, what do you expect for something that actually began life as Twilight fan fiction?

You didn’t know that? It’s true.

Consider, then, what may happen to this erotic fan fiction based on the imagined romps of British boy band, One Direction. Author Amanda Todd has just signed a SIX-FIGURE book deal.  From the New York Times:

Some novelists draw on their own experience; others borrow from history, mythology or classic literary tropes. Anna Todd, a 25-year-old debut novelist in Texas, found inspiration in Harry Styles, the tousle-haired heartthrobfrom the British boy band One Direction.

When Ms. Todd started writing her erotica novel, “After,” a steamy online romance about a college freshman who falls for a tattooed misfit named Harry Styles, it was mostly to entertain herself. She dashed off a few chapters and posted them on the free fiction site Wattpad last spring. “I didn’t think anyone would read it,” she said.

A year and a half later, her hobby has turned into a lucrative career. Her One Direction saga has swelled to more than 2,500 pages and been viewed more than a billion times on Wattpad, the free story-sharing site. She signed a six-figure, multi-book deal with the Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books, and Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights.

Jeezus.  Read on–if you must.

Full disclosure: Part of the reason this pisses me off so much is that my wife has written an excellent series of erotic female fiction and cannot find an agent let alone a proper publishing deal. So yeah, I’m bitter.

If you’re into that kind of reading, buy the first book. You won’t be disappointed. And if you’re a literary agent (or know of one), drop us a line, okay?

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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