Want to write a runaway bestseller like Fifty Shades of Grey? Author E.L. James has your back with a new guide that offers writing tips.
The Boston Herald reports that James’ newest project is a guide that helps aspiring writers iron out their prose, chock full of the tips that made her Fifty Shades of Grey novels major hits.
Vintage Books made the official announcement on Monday, detailing their collaboration with James on Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal), your go-to guide for crafting a mommy porn adventure.
The journal includes lined pages so that readers can write down their own ideas, flexing their “inner goddess.” It also contains a foreword by James, professional advice for budding authors, and excerpts from her work.
Vintage said that the journal will have a soft leather cover, “bonded.”
Though Fifty Shades of Grey has sold well, many professional critics disdain her writing style. Tribune Express‘ book reviewer Norman Ansari wrote in August 2011 that “Fifty Shades of Grey is poorly written, and that too to a surprising degree. Twice, I stopped reading to check if I had been duped in my purchase or whether I was reading an authentic eBook.”
Back in May, a New York Times’ Sunday Review writer agreed, saying “James writes like a Brontë devoid of talent.”
Still, James’ erotic trilogy was acquired by Vintage last year, and has sold over 70 million copies worldwide to date, so someone is confident in her writing ability.
In other Fifty Shades of Grey related news, with Mila Kunis out of the running for the role of Anastasia Steele in the highly anticipated upcoming film adaptation, many fans are pushing for Harry Potter alum Emma Watson to fill the role. Watson has proven sex appeal after her strip tease in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and shows off an even sexier angle in the new trailer for The Bling Ring (posted below).
In Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, Watson plays a “good girl gone bad,” which sounds exactly like Anastasia Steele, if you ask me.
Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal) will be published on May 1.