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Offline leep
15 Jun 2012, 06:52 AM | Post: #1

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Fifty Shades author appoints licensing agent

http://www.theatlanticwire.com...

"This week it was announced that Caroline Mickler Limited had been appointed the "master licensing agent" for the Fifty Shades trilogy. This means that down the road, we may get a whole string of book-branded paraphernalia, like sleepwear, lingerie, perfume, beauty products, bedding, stationary, adult products, home furnishings, and even jewelry."

So aside from an example self-published success it could spell a change in publishing, with more titles branches out into other revenue streams (and with the costs of books diving it may be just what authors need).
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RE: Fifty Shades author appoints licensing agent

(15 Jun 2012 06:52 AM)leep Wrote:  http://www.theatlanticwire.com...

"This week it was announced that Caroline Mickler Limited had been appointed the "master licensing agent" for the Fifty Shades trilogy. This means that down the road, we may get a whole string of book-branded paraphernalia, like sleepwear, lingerie, perfume, beauty products, bedding, stationary, adult products, home furnishings, and even jewelry."

So aside from an example self-published success it could spell a change in publishing, with more titles branches out into other revenue streams (and with the costs of books diving it may be just what authors need).

I have only read reviews and feel I don't actually have to read the book now, but I suppose there will be a Fifty Shades range of condoms?
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15 Jun 2012, 07:18 AM | Post: #3

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RE: Fifty Shades author appoints licensing agent

Elaine, I'm stealing your idea. I so want to sell a range of Bang condoms...

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Offline ElaineG Reading Standers by Dale Brumfield
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RE: Fifty Shades author appoints licensing agent

(15 Jun 2012 07:18 AM)davidwailing Wrote:  Elaine, I'm stealing your idea. I so want to sell a range of Bang condoms...

Big Grin

LOL can i have commission please Big Grin
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RE: Fifty Shades author appoints licensing agent

David the Rubber Baron. Smile
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RE: Fifty Shades author appoints licensing agent

(15 Jun 2012 07:25 AM)ElaineG Wrote:  
(15 Jun 2012 07:18 AM)davidwailing Wrote:  Elaine, I'm stealing your idea. I so want to sell a range of Bang condoms...

Big Grin

LOL can i have commission please Big Grin

Yes and a lifetime's supply of free samples! Wink
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RE: Fifty Shades author appoints licensing agent

Have any of you actually read the books? There are over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, but an awful lot of 1 stars amongst them. I had a quick Look Inside, - it didn't seem very well written, but maybe that's not why people buy it!
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RE: Fifty Shades author appoints licensing agent

(15 Jun 2012 07:33 AM)Susanne Wrote:  Have any of you actually read the books? There are over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, but an awful lot of 1 stars amongst them. I had a quick Look Inside, - it didn't seem very well written, but maybe that's not why people buy it!

I did the 'look inside too' bit repetitive isn't it? Anything that gets people talking about books is great but I do think this one is a bit of 'right time, right place' (good luck to any author that happens to, though.)

For something that started as a bit of fan fiction from Twilight, I guess it gives hope to all of us.Wink

Joking apart, I encourage all of you to get your book cover in all sorts of places, there are so many opportunities for relatively cheap printing out there. Mugs, notebooks, book marks, postcards and more. It can be as out there as you like. I use them for reader offers, prizes or with press releases. (Just make sure you either own the cover or have permission from the designer before you put it everywhere.)

With my tree books, I always try and include postcards (if possible signed) of that book or of my other titles. Cheap, simple and keeps the customers happy.

PS David, May I be your licensing agent? Do you think Vistaprint do condoms? My brain never stops thinking so I am sure I could create a string of Bang merchandise! hee hee. Blush
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RE: Fifty Shades author appoints licensing agent

Put 4 condoms in a pack and sell it for a dollar in the States. Then you could use the tagline 'More Bang for Your Buck'! Big Grin

Seriously, why is it so often the crappily written stuff that does so well? Makes me wonder if the constant struggle to improve my writing is worth while. *Sigh* (And yes, I know it is.)
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RE: Fifty Shades author appoints licensing agent

(15 Jun 2012 10:01 AM)lyndawrites Wrote:  Put 4 condoms in a pack and sell it for a dollar in the States. Then you could use the tagline 'More Bang for Your Buck'! Big Grin

Seriously, why is it so often the crappily written stuff that does so well? Makes me wonder if the constant struggle to improve my writing is worth while. *Sigh* (And yes, I know it is.)

I know Lynda, isn't it frustrating? There is so much fabulous work out there and a book that has the heroine uttering 'Oh My' at crucial moments in a scene (if you get my meaning!) sells millions.

We live in a media obsessed, spoon fed world and there are a lot of sheep out there. Perhaps the truest tale ever written was The Emperor's New Clothes?

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