The indefatigable folks at GalleyCat @ mediabistro.com have produced another two lists of Indie bestsellers, one from Amazon and the other from smashwords (Nook et al aren't worth pursuing any more, and smashwords is getting so stodgy that really only Amazon counts).
Here is the listing ...
It's called My Granny Writes Erotica, and it's by Rosen Trevithick, who has also produced a children's series, and a book about how NOT to self-publish.
I had every intention of reviewing it on this blog ages ago, but somehow it got lost in the clutter on my desk. But then I was reminded by the title of the Amazon #1 in the list, LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology Collection. (Is that title a joke? Anthology and collection mean pretty much the same thing, when stories are assembled into a book. Maybe redundancy is funny?)
But to return to Granny and her erotica, which is definitely LOL. Betty Berry is a 65-year-old suburban housewife who has never had a dirty thought in her life -- until her husband quits, leaving her with his debts (along with a grisly coffin-shaped debt collector), his ghastly old mother, and a house that is about to be sold over her head. To make matters even worse, Betty's bossy daughter arrives, having abandoned her own marriage. So what is Betty to do?
All her life, she has dreamed of being a bestselling novelist, but her (serious, literary) novel has never seen the light. Can she write her way out of her dilemma? Can she make enough out of publishing with KDP to get out of this financial mess? Inspiration strikes when her eyes land on the copy of Fifty Shades of Grey that her daughter has carried along. It made a helluva lot of money, didn't it? So why not try a new genre?
Forthwith, Betty embarks on the authorship of erotica. She might be woefully ignorant of the grubby details, but the dominatrix who has been tendering to her errant husband's base desires is keen to provide the needed info. Still more hilarity is added when she gets unexpected backing from a manufacturer of sex toys, which adds a few zeroes to all that lovely moola from Mr Amazon.
It is surprisingly clean, and outrageously funny. As a reviewer on Amazon commented, it is laugh-out-loud-on-the-bus reading. I got through it in one evening, because I just couldn't put it down.
Give it a go. You will thank me.