Saturday, August 29, 2015

COUNTING BY 7s: A Top Ten Hit with Kids in the iBook Store.

On June 27th Counting by 7s by Holly Sloan hit the number 7 spot in the Kids section of the iBook store.  Since then it has popped up to the top ten several more times. 

In addition to writing bestselling books, Holly also has written and directed a variety of feature films. She has made her living by writing since she was in her 20's. Today we get to hear all about her e-publishing success.  

First, tell us what your book is about.


Counting By 7s is about a young girl finding a new life following a tragedy.

Tell us briefly about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

My novel was published by Dial, a division of Penguin Random house. I'm 56 years old and I've been a writer for movies and television since my 20's. I have had representation since then, and I think getting a strong agent might be more difficult than getting a publisher.

What top factors do you believe put your e-book where it is now?

My book has been nominated for 34 state awards and is currently in publication in 19 languages. I believe that there is something very universal about the story, and while it certainly has parts that are sad, I feel it is a very hopeful book. And who doesn't need hope in their lives?

How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.

I do not do any marketing myself and I'm not the best person at social media. I'm on Twitter but I mostly re-tweet things that I find interesting. I do not have an army of followers.

Some studies say children reading e-books are reading more, while other studies say they comprehend less of what they read. What’s your opinion or experience?

I believe that children in general are reading more. It is possible that the are reading short bursts of language, versus long sections of text. But reading is reading. It is a profound part of the human experience to take symbols and be able to translate them into words, which are ideas and emotions.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

I believe that most books are put into categories in order to organize them for selling purposes. The target audience for my book is probably someone at least 12 years old. But I truly believe that adults may enjoy or appreciate the story more than young people. I don't think my publisher feels this way, but I do. However I believe the right book and the right time, can have a big impact on your life. Maybe books that ask questions about identity and family and the nature of love are more important when you are young.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Was it your idea or your publisher’s? 

My publisher believes that all formats are vital in order to reach the modern reader. I leave those decisions in their hands. Thankfully.

As you got into e-publishing, have you discovered unexpected things? Has anything happened that you wouldn’t have predicted?

No. However I wouldn't have thought that I'd be interviewed specifically about e-publishing, so perhaps that is unexpected?

What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

I have a book publishing on August 11th and I'm VERY excited about that. It's called APPLEBLOSSOM THE POSSUM and the best way I can describe it is to say that it's somewhat like CHARLOTTE'S WEB. Animals in our world. It is a novel, but it is the first one I've done with illustrations and they were drawn by my husband, Gary A. Rosen, so that is very meaningful to me.

The audiobook for APPLEBLOSSOM THE POSSUM was recorded by Dustin Hoffman and we spent five days in the recording studio. The experience was one of the highlights of my career. The other part of the audiobook that feels so special is that my friend, Ry Cooder (perhaps best known for the Buena Vista Social Club) recording music for the story. Almost five minutes of original music from Ry is in the audiobook. I can't tell you how thrilling it was to be with him when he played all of the instruments that day.

Time to pull out your Magic 8 Ball: How do you see the world of e-publishing developing for children and young adults over the next 5 years? Do you think it will ever exceed or replace print publishing?

I think it's like TV and the movies, when TV first arrived on the scene. Movies did not disappear. The experience of watching a movie in a theater is still something that is part of people's lives. Television didn't close that down. Both things can exist.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? How?

No. I want believe to read and for some people it is easier, more economical, and even necessary (with the ability to adjust the size of typeface). E-reading is here to stay.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults? How?

I see kids reading books on their phones today. What's important to me is the experience of reading. It's different from the experience of simply watching. Reading asks you to be the cinematographer and the wardrobe designer and the set decorator. It makes you the person in charge in a way that being an audience member in a movie theater does not do. If the e-format makes it easier for kids to read a book in a dark room or take 8 books away on a trip, then more power to the format!
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Learn more about Holly and her books by visiting her website or by following her on Facebook or Twitter.

See the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-format authors and their books. It's updated every Saturday morning. Check back next week when my featured author will be Tony Bertauski.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

DARKNESS BRUTAL: Seven Weeks in the Top Ten for Teens in the Kindle Store

Darkness Brutal by Rachel A. Marks hit the number 3 spot in the Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store on June 6th. The next two Saturdays, it sat at number 1, and it remained in the top ten for another four weeks. This is Rachel's first book in what will be her Dark Cycle series. She joins us today to share about her e-publishing success.

First, Rachel, tell us what your book is about.



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DARKNESS BRUTAL is my debut novel about a teen boy named, Aidan, who is trying to save his sister, Ava, from the demons trying to hurt her. He has a few very unique abilities and he's hoping they'll help him protect her. But their journey takes an interesting turn when Aidan ends up under the wing of an enigmatic con artist who runs a paranormal detective agency. Eventually he'll have to decide what he wants to save more; his sister or the world.

Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.

I love social media and I think it's an awesome tool for writers. We can connect to readers, potential and current, but we can also keep in touch with fellow authors and feel supported.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

Teens are my target audience and while I think eBooks aren't as loved by the young crowd yet, I feel like it' only a matter of time, especially with all the devices young people have these days.

What does your writing schedule look like?

I usually write while the kids are in school and then later in the evening (unless I have design deadlines). I hold my writing time sacred, especially since I'm now responsible for writing two more sequels in The Dark Cycle story.

What are you working on now?

DARKNESS FAIR is the second book in The Dark Cycle and it'll be releasing at the beginning of February, 2016 (it's already available for pre-order). It's going to take Aidan's story to the next level and delve deeper into the characters from DARKNESS BRUTAL. This series is meant to be a slow unveiling of the world and characters as well as the mystery that Aidan faces to save those he loves. Hopefully in Book 2 the reader will get a lot of surprises and feel the story's only becoming bigger and more satisfying. Hopefully. ;)
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Learn more about Rachel and her books by visiting her website (where you can read Chapter 1 of Darkness Brutal) or by following her on Facebook or Twitter

See the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-format authors and their books. It's updated every Saturday morning. Check back next week when my featured author will be Holly Sloan.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

THE KISS OF DECEPTION: Two Weeks in the Top Ten

On May 23rd The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson hit the number 8 spot in the Kids and Teen section of the Books A Million online store. The following week it rose another spot to #7.

The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary's Remnant Chronicles series. The next installment, The Heart of Betrayal, was released on July 7th. Mary joins us today to talk about her e-publishing success. 

First let's find out what The Kiss of Deception is about.


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In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia's life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight--but she doesn't--and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive--and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets--even as she finds herself falling in love.

What top factors do you believe put your e-book where it is now?

One of the top factors is word-of-mouth. Bloggers, tweeters, book clubs, booktubers, and book lovers of all kinds have shouted out about this book. I am forever grateful.

What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

I usually write every day--unless I am on tour. Right now I am working on book 3 of my series, the final book of The Remnant Chronicles.

Time to pull out your Magic 8 Ball: How do you see the world of e-publishing developing for children and young adults over the next 5 years? 

I am seeing that a lot of readers want both formats. I often buy ebooks because it is so easy--especially when I travel--but then very often I will turn around and buy the hardcover too, because I love thumbing through a book for rereads. I think the two formats compliment each other.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? How?

Helps. The more ways a reader can enjoy a book the better!
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Learn more about Mary and her books at her website, or by following her on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

See the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-format authors and their books. It's updated every Saturday morning. Check back next week when my featured author will be Rachel Marks.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

DEAD RUNNING by Cami Checketts: A Favorite with Nook Teens

On May 30th, Dead Running by Cami Checketts hit the number 2 spot in the Teen section of the Barnes and Noble Nook store. Cami is a bestselling Christian author who calls her work "Clean Romantic Suspense." Reviews state that not only are her books thrillers, but they are also funny. Cami has also published a sequel called Dying to Run.

First, let's hear what your book is about.


Cassidy Christensen is running.

Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents. 

Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable. 

Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness. 

With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she'll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them?

Tell us about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

My first three books were published with a traditional publisher. When I completed Dead Running my publisher didn't feel like it fit the mold they'd created for me and asked me to write another story like my first three (law enforcement as protagonist, third person narrative, no controversial social issues). I felt strongly that Dead Running would not only be successful but had an important message to share about the horrors of human trafficking. Plus, I loved the heroine, Cassidy, she cracked me up. My critique group talked me into self-publishing. I now have ten books independently published and I love it.


How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.

BookBub is the best advertising for authors currently. I also have had great success with Facebook, my newsletter, and my website/blog.


What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Was it your idea or your publisher’s? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?

When my first book came out in 2007 I sold almost exclusively print and audio books. The publisher did an e-book version and I honestly thought it was a waste of their time, and nobody really knew how to market ebooks at that point. Now eight years later, e-books are the only format I read and the focus of my marketing. I love e-publishing and 95% of my sales are e-books.


What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

I have four boys and we travel with competitive lacrosse teams so this summer my writing schedule is whatever I can work on as we drive to the next game! I've got several books in the works. The third book in the Snow Valley series, a Christmas book that was a request from a romance publisher, and the start of my How To Date series: How To Snag a Reclusive Richie.
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See the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-format authors and their books. It's updated every Saturday morning. Check back next week when my featured author will be Mary Pearson.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

WINTER QUEEN Was a Spring-Time Hit With Kindle Teens

Today we get to hear from the award-winning bestselling author, Amber Argyle. Her book, Winter Queen, hit the number 3 spot in the Teens and Young Adult section of the Amazon Kindle store on April 11th. Winter Queen is the first book in Amber's Fairy Queens series. 

First, please tell us what Winter Queen is about.

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Becoming a winter queen will make Ilyenna as cold and cruel and deadly as winter itself, but it might be the only way to save her people from a war they have no hope of winning.

Tell us about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

My first book (Witch Song) was traditionally published. A couple years later, I bought my rights back and all of my books since have been indie published.

What top factors do you believe put your e-book where it is now?

Quality covers/content and marketing.

As you got into e-publishing, have you discovered unexpected things? 

Giving away free books actually earns you money. Who would have guessed. On that note, you can have Witch Fall free simply by signing up for my newsletter.

What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

I write while my youngest is in Kindergarten. Right now, I'm working on a prequel to Winter Queen entitled, Of Ice and Snow.

Time to pull out your Magic 8 Ball: How do you see the world of e-publishing developing for children and young adults over the next 5 years? 

I believe we're going to see a lot more children reading ebooks through subscription services.
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Find out more about Amber Argyle and her books by visiting her blog, or by following her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Goodreads. She also has a Facebook group page where her fans can connect.

See the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-format authors and their books. It's updated every Saturday morning. Check back next week when my featured author will be Cami Checketts.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kindle Teens Kept SUGAR in the Top Ten for Months!

Sugar, by Deirdre Riordan Hall, hit the number 1 spot in the Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store on May 2. Then it proceeded to stay in the top ten for TEN more weeks, through July 11th. This story is contemporary fiction for young adults. Deirdre joins us today to talk about her e-publishing experience and the success of her book in e-format.

First, tell us what your book is about.


For seventeen years, Sugar has been told she's too much, yet not enough. Through an empowering friendship, she learns she's more than a worthless daughter, an annoying sister, and the target of the senior class prank; Sugar discovers hope is indomitable and so is she.

Tell us about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

I wrote several young adult manuscripts, but they weren't published before I detoured into independent publishing with my new adult series titled, Follow your Bliss over the course of 2014. In the middle of my that year, I was contacted by Skyscape Publishing with interest in SUGAR. I jumped in with both feet, becoming a hybrid author. Although writing NA is a lot of fun, YA is my literary home and I'm so fortunate to call Skyscape Publishing my family.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?

As I mentioned above, I embarked on e-publishing as an indie, so I was familiar with the process, pleased with the widespread availability, and enthusiastic about SUGAR being available to people with e-readers. SUGAR will also be available in paperback and audio book (read by the fantastic Tara Sands) on its general publication date of 6/1. All in all, I feel optimistic about e-publishing, but am very grateful to have had a team of people doing the formatting this time around! For the Follow your Bliss series, I was a one woman show, on top of writing, so although independent publishing provides a great opportunity to get books out there, going with a traditional publisher also means I have more time to write.

As you got into e-publishing, have you discovered unexpected things? Has anything happened that you wouldn’t have predicted?


When I started as an indie-publisher, I discovered an amazing community of writers, readers, and bloggers who were surprisingly supportive and helpful for those of us newbies. As a hybrid author now, I appreciate the connection with my online friends whose careers I've watched bloom and grateful that I had their support while I was starting out.

What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

I firmly believe in the adage, writers-write, so I'm a Monday-Friday, nine-to-fiver. Although, since I have flexibility in my schedule, sometimes that fiver gets pushed to eight or midnight if I have to rearrange things when the non-writing life calls. And as you can probably imagine, the bonus, writing-related activities like social media, promotion, blogging, and interviews all get penciled in there too.

I just finished the rough draft of a young adult ms, today in fact! (*Doing a little celebratory dance!) But I'll soon be diving into revisions on my next YA project, PEARL, to be published by Skyscape in 2016.

Time to pull out your Magic 8 Ball: Do you think e-publishing will ever exceed or replace print publishing?

I think it will continue to succeed, but as for it replacing print publishing? Who knows, maybe they'll invent another format that will take its place before then. Lol.
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

THE LIVING: A Number One Hit with Kobo Teens

On May 2nd, The Living by Matt de la Pena hit the #1 spot in the Kids & Teen section of the Kobo.com store. The Living was originally released in 2013, and this year it was followed by a sequel, The Hunted.

Matt is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult novels and picture books, and he joins us today to share about his e-publishing success.

First, tell us what your book is about.

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The Living is a survival story. My main character Shy gets a summer job working on a luxury cruise ship. It's his first real exposure to people with money. He works hard and has some fun in his off hours (he especially likes hanging with Carmen, a beautiful girl from a neighborhood quite a bit like his). But soon he finds himself in extremely rough seas. When the ship goes down in the middle of the Pacific, Shy is in a fight for his life. It's during this fight that he uncovers an even deeper secret.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

I write Young Adult novels, which are stories driven by teens. Shy is 17. I love my teen readers so much, but I also love the adults who read my books. The Living, I've found, has been very popular with adults. The e-format is exciting to me for many reasons. First of all, teens read on iPads and their phones. But it's also exciting that folks can download a book the second they hear about it. Also, I'm currently traveling, and I love that I can have six books on one device. When I teach, I find that it's great to be able to search for a key section instead of randomly flipping through pages. It's truly an honor to have an e-book that is widely read. It makes me so proud to think that there are people possibly reading my work on a device right this second, maybe a few rows behind me on the plane I'm currently on.

What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

Because I'm traveling so much these days, I've learned to write on planes and in hotels and on the train. I have deadlines that do not allow me to wait for the perfect setting. I have to make the best of whatever situation I find myself in. Currently, I'm waiting for the sequel to The Living, The Hunted, to come out. It's the end of Shy's story, and the book officially comes out May 12th, which is so soon. So I've been doing a lot of publicity for the book and meeting with readers. It's great. And tiring. And it makes me nervous. I hope people like how the story ends!

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults? How?

As a reader of both traditional books AND e-books, I think reading is reading. Kids are shifting toward e-books these days. I think it's great. I'm happy they're reading. And if they're anything like me, I bet some of them go out and buy the hardcover of the books they like best. I know I do. I just love that there are so many way to experience a story these days. That's the most important thing. Because I believe narrative is vital to our culture.
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Learn more about Matt and his books by visiting his website, or by following him on Facebook or Twitter.

See the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-format authors and their books. It's updated every Saturday morning. Check back next week when my featured author will be Deirdre Riordan Hall.

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