Random House employees get massive bonus thanks to ’50 Shades’

Posted at 8:40 PM, Dec 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-10 16:54:36-05

Racy bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey” has employees at the publishing company Random House seeing green.

It turns out the book’s success– 35 million copies sold in the US– will put $ 5,000 in a Christmas bonus back in the pockets of all employees, from editors to mail clerks.


35 million copies sold means $ 5,000 in a holiday bonuses for Random House employees.

Many employees refused to talk about the bonus, but Random House employee John Vanderen said the CEO made the announcement at the annual holiday party.

“No one was expecting it so everyone went crazy,” Vanderen said.  “It’s a really nice thing to do.”

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is an erotic tale of sex, whips, bondage, a college student, and an older man. It has been on the NY Times best seller list for 37 weeks and counting.  The bonus from the book, comes just in time for the holidays.