Texas women sue over 'Fifty Shades' profits

www.usatoday.com Published: June 3, 2014
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Two Texas women are suing Amanda Hayward, the owner of the Writers Coffee Shop, for a share of profits from "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James. The best-selling erotic novel was originally published by the small Australian e-book publisher, and it was already making its way up many best-selling books lists when Random House acquired it, according to USA TODAY.



According to Fort Worth Weekly, the Writers Coffee Shop was founded by two women in Texas and two in Australia, and it was created as a place to write and share fan fiction, a format that exploded after "Fifty Shades" became popular (the book was originally conceived as "Twilight" fan fiction).

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