As Myriam sat down and snuggled her legs beneath her on the armchair, book in hand, tea on the side table, ready for a session with her latest book, a little voice in her head kept whispering…
Can I stop reading now?
It’s so weird. Even though as readers, we pick up a book because of pain or a problem we want to solve, we feel reluctant to change.
In 2011, a small Australian press published a few thousand copies of E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey.
James won a publishing deal even though she had published the book for free on a fan-fiction website.
That turned out to be a smart move.
Her books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide, and been translated into around 50 languages, Alexander Alter wrote in the New York Times last year.
James became the highest-paid author in the world in 2013, with an annual income of USD95 million, according to the US business magazine, Forbes.