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'Fifty Shades of Grey' author E.L. James to publish writing guide

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    This combo made of book cover images provided by Vintage Books shows the 'Fifty Shades of Grey'; trilogy by best-selling author E L James. (AP/Vintage Books)

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    July 12, 2012: This file photo shows author EL James at a book signing during the first day of Comic-Con convention held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego. (AP)

The next book from E L James will be a how-to guide on one of life's most enduring passions: writing.

Vintage Books announced Monday that James has collaborated with the publisher on "Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal)."

It combines professional advice from the million-selling author and lined pages for readers to set down their own ideas, or "inner goddess."

But will readers really want to learn how to write from the author of “Fifty Shades of Grey”?

Sure, James' erotic trilogy has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide, but according to most reviews of the series, James may not exactly be an expert on how to write.

In Aug. 2011, the Tribune Express’ book reviewer, Norman Ansari, had few kind things to say about James’ writing chops.  

“’Fifty Shades of Grey’ is poorly written, and that too to a surprising degree. Twice, I stopped reading to check if I had been duped in my purchase or whether I was reading an authentic eBook,” he wrote.

Similarly, The New York Times’ Sunday Review writer wrote back in May that “James writes like a Brontë devoid of talent.”

So will her fans trust the “Fifty Shades” author to teach them how to write? Apparently Vintage-- who also published James’ other novels-- thinks so.

Vintage says the journal will have a soft leather cover, "bonded." The "Inner Goddess" journal will be published May 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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