Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cat Calls -- Short Story Success for Cynthia Leitich Smith

This week Cat Calls by Cynthia Leitich Smith hit the number 3 spot in the Books on Board e-book store. Cynthia has taken the time to let us know about her book and her e-format success.

What's the story on Cat Calls?

Tiffany's grandma sees something wild in her future -- but is Tiffany prepared for the powerful shape it will take? CAT CALLS is a short story by New York Times Bestseller Cynthia Leitich Smith -- set in the same Gothic fantasy universe as her novels TANTALIZE, ETERNAL, and BLESSED.

Is your book available in print format?

My e-book offers a short story, "Cat Calls," which was originally published by Candlewick Press in hardcover as one of several in SIDESHOW: TEN ORIGINAL TALES OF FREAKS, ILLUSIONISTS AND OTHER MATTERS ODD AND MAGICAL, edited by Deborah Noyes. My publisher and I decided to offer the story to YA readers who were fans of my existing Gothic fantasy universe or might be interested in exploring it.

How did you initially get published? 

I've been publishing since 2000, well before there were e-books, and I've published traditionally with Candlewick Press, Dutton/Penguin, and HarperCollins, among others.

What's your opinion of e-publishing? 

My trade YA novels (TANTALIZE, ETERNAL and BLESSED) are all available as both electronic and print books. At the moment, I see the electronic market as simply another format option--like my audio editions of existing print books.

I'm happy to connect stories to readers through whatever venue. E-books are great for travel, portability. Print books feel more comfortable in my hand, and I like to see them in a room. They add warmth.

Cynthia, sporting oh-so-chic
bat shades!
How are you promoting your book?

I have a popular blog, Cynsations, where I've occasionally mentioned CAT CALLS and feature an announcement about it in the sidebar. I've also tweeted as it's become available from various online retailers.

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

Right now, it's a neutral. Another opportunity to connect books, but still a very small percentage of the children's-YA book market.

Thanks to Cynthia for sharing her opinion and experience.  Readers, if you have an e-reader, Cat Calls is currently available for free!  Get the Kindle edition,  the Nook edition, and as mentioned, it's also available at  I'm off to download a copy to my Kindle. 

To learn more about Cynthia, (and to see what she looks like behind those glasses) check out this interview about her latest novel, Blessed.

See you next week, when we'll hear from Rachel Caine, author of the Morganville Vampires series.