Saturday, August 20, 2011

First Frost: A Bestseller Paving the Way for a Series

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first two chapters.
This week we get to meet Jennifer Estep.  Her e-book, First Frost, took the number 6 spot on July 30th in Amazon's Children's and Young Adult section. 

Jennifer explains, "First Frost is a prequel e-story to my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. It’s available as a 99-cent download."  Jennifer is using the e-format as a way to introduce readers to her series of print books.

What's your story about?

First Frost (and the rest of the Mythos Academy series) focuses on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psy­chom­e­try, or the abil­ity to know an object’s his­tory just by touch­ing it. After a seri­ous freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Acad­emy, a school for the descen­dants of ancient war­riors like Spar­tans, Valkyries, Ama­zons, and more.

Currently available
in print version
Basically, the series is about myths, magic, monsters, and mean girls. Folks can read excerpts and more from First Frost and the rest of the Mythos Academy books on my website..

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

I believe the e-format helps me as an author. If someone is interested in one of my books, they can go to Amazon, etc., and instantly download it, instead of having to wait for a book to be shipped to them or until the next time they go to the bookstore. I think folks like being able to get the book immediately.

Print version available
 November 29th
Plus, with an e-reader, you can store hundreds of books on one device and take all those books with you wherever you go. E-books definitely seem to be a growing market, and I think in a few years that e-readers will be just as common as cell phones.

Whether they prefer paper or e-books, I just think that it’s important for people to read since reading really is one of the great joys in life.

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

As far as social media goes, I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. I also have a website and a blog, and I guest blog on various book sites.

Tell us how you got published: traditional or independent? How long ago?

My path to publication was more traditional. I wrote seven books over the course of several years before I sold my first book, which was published in 2007. Since then, I’ve had eight books published and have several more books coming out in the next year, for adults and young adults. I’ve also recently reissued my Bigtime (adult) superhero paranormal romance series as $2.99 e-books.

Don't forget to check this week's Kids' E-book Bestseller List. Every week we see new authors making it through to the top ten!