I was wandering through the romance section on Amazon yesterday and came across an erotica with a rather silly title. I downloaded the sample, and it was really terrible-- the writing was like something a teenager might have written, if she'd never taken an English class. I mean, we're talking lack of commas, random capitalization, short, choppy sentences, telling rather than showing... pretty much bad writing all around.
Anyway, I looked it up on B&N today and noticed that it's in the high hundreds, rankingswise. Wow. Just... wow. I can't imagine taking a look at this sample and deciding to pay $2.99 for the book. I have to admit that when really, really terrible stuff does well, it annoys me-- I'd like to think that the good stuff rises to the top, but I guess sometimes the bad stuff rises, too. Maybe it's petty of me to be annoyed, but maybe it's a bit of self-interest, too; I honestly hate for people to think of books like this when they think of indie publishing.
I am intrigued to know why it's doing so well, though. I shall Google and try to figure out what the author's secret is. There must be some reason it sells!