E.L James' erotic novel 'Fifty Shades of Grey' based on Stephanie Meyer's 'Twilight' saga is earning her $1.35 million per week. The book, dubbed by the media as 'mummy porn', has now reached sales of 1 million a week breaking book sales records in 37 different countries. The total sales has now reached 20 million worldwide; an incredible feat after only being published since April in the US. Sales have even overtaken Jk Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series.
The book was originally an online fan fiction story under a different name based on the 'Twilight' series. The novel had to be taken down from the fan site due to its sexual (understatement) nature but James republished it on her website. It is about a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, who falls for the mysterious billionaire Christian Grey. She soon finds out that his history of child abuse has made him a sexual deviant in adulthood, enjoying indulging in such fetishes as sadomasochism and bondage. Two further sequels were published entitled 'Fifty Shades Darker' and 'Fifty Shades Freed'.
According to Celebritynetworth.com, "It's safe to assume that EL James has long ago sold enough copies to repay her seven figure book advance, which means at this point she is earning the standard 7 per cent royalty on every $14 paperback and 25 per cent royalty on every $10 eBook". Universal/Focus Features have also paid $5 million for the film rights to the trilogy. Popular romance author Jilly Cooper is pleased with the book sales. "I am delighted that it's giving a new lease of life to the genre", she says. 'Porn was terribly out of fashion before that book came out". She does, however, admit that she has heard the book has been 'poorly written'.