50 Shades of Grey has influenced the self-published writing crowd, as erotica titles populate the self-published bestsellers list every week. The erotica writing phenomenon is also on the rise among freelance writers.
Elance-oDesk.com, a site that connects writers with freelance jobs, has seen an increase in erotica writing projects online. In fact, the site saw a 39 percent increase in money spent hiring for erotica writing between Q4 2013 and Q4 2014.
In addition, the company reports that erotica writing has grown at double the rate of its general writing assignments. Interestingly, the site saw erotica writing spend peak in July 2014, the same month the 50 Shades movie trailer was released.