The 30 million or so readers who bought the Fifty Shades Of Grey books aren’t the only ones getting hot and bothered over the burgeoning genre of Cliterature, as good a name as any for the bevvy of bodice-ripping ripoffs of E.L. James.
Publishers continue to pant trying to find the next Titillating Trifecta, and Berkley Books thinks it might have one in a deal just made with author Maya Banks. Cindy Hwang, Executive Editor of Berkley, consummated a World English trilogy deal worth seven-figures with Kimberly Whalen of Trident Media Group. Whalen also sold Italian rights to Mondadori in a pre-emptive deal and audio rights have been pre-empted by Brilliance Audio in a six-figure pact, with several other foreign-rights deals imminent. They are smartly reminding people that Banks was writing for the heavy-breather crowd before James, who was in the TV business in England when she started writing Twilight Saga fan fiction and instead turned it into an adult tale that has made her the second coming of Harry Potter‘s JK Rowling, only with James focusing on billionaire Christian Grey’s magic wand. (more…)