A comment on GoodReads on my Fifty Shades of Grey parody, Fifty-One Shades:
I wonder if Mr. Shaffer isn't a little envious about the fact the E.L has a major publishing deal for Fifty Shades of Grey. Even if his idea was conceived for the pure fun of it, E.L is still laughing all the way to the bank.
Who said I was writing for the fun of it? I write to get rich, bitch! When I started writing and serializing Fifty-One Shades on March 9, I wrote:
New episodes posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, until a publisher hands me a fat stack of Benjamins and offers to publish it. Then I'll take it down, change the characters' names to "Edward" and "Bella," and hide from my fans in my new McMansion in a gated community in Beverly Hills.
In addition to completing the first draft, I've also spent the past two weeks fending off publishers.
At first it was easy to tell them to leave me alone. I'm an Artist. My Pure Vision will not be sullied by the dirty hands of commerce. Unfortunately, as the size of the McMansion that publishers dangled in front of me became progressively larger and more ridiculous, my Artistic Integrity slowly evaporated into the California sun...
I'll be suspending the excerpts on this site until I have a chance to review the offers on the table and make a decision about the direction I want to take Fifty-One Shades (now titled The Fifty Shames of Earl Grey).
Thank you to the readers who have been following the story, commenting, rating it on GoodReads, and spreading the word about Chris Gray and Anna Steal. Their story will continue, in some form. Stay tuned...