Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lots of Sales for A Little Less Girl

Since the end of December, Tess Oliver's book, A Little Less Girl, has been holding steady in the top ten of the Teen section of Today it's in the number 6 spot.Tess joins us this week to talk about her book and its journey to the top!

Let's start with a synopsis of A Little Less Girl.

Jake West is a likable, popular guy who suddenly finds himself blamed for the suicidal death of a girl named Amy. While Jake is trying to absorb the possibility that a mean-spirited comment caused Amy, a girl obsessed with him, to kill herself, a new girl, Dani Spencer moves into his small town. Dani is Amy's cousin and she intends to find out if Amy truly killed herself and if Jake was the cause. Jake is prepared to accept the fact that Dani will blame him and despise him for it . . . until he discovers an obsession of his own - Dani.

How did you get published: Traditional or independent? 

I have a traditionally published kid's science book under a different pen name, but I really wanted to see my YA paranormal books in print. I had written several and queried agents but couldn't get noticed. 
In July 2010, I decided to give self-publishing a whirl. I self-published two books "Camille" and "Safe Landing". The first few months were lackluster then suddenly Camille started climbing the charts on both Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. By January 2011 it had reached the top 200 books at both sites and had sold 30,000 copies. Next thing I knew, agents were contacting me. Funny how that works. But the best thing to come out of Camille's success is all the great mail I get from readers. "Little Less Girl" had been on my computer for two years and my daughter kept telling me to publish it. I finally did. Moms should always listen to their kids!

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Were you hesitant? Excited? Apprehensive? Optimistic? 

I had two options - let my stories languish on my hard drive or publish them. I was definitely all of the above - excited, apprehensive, hesitant and occasionally optimistic. I'm glad I decided to go for it!

Do you think e-publishing will eventually take over print publishing? Why or why not? 

I am an elementary school teacher and I can see how e-publishing would save costs, motivate students (the toughest part of teaching) and give wider access to material. Technology is already a huge part of the day in my classroom. Three of my students came back after winter break with Kindles. They are growing up in a purely technological world. I firmly believe that e-books will take over print publishing.

Learn more about Tess and her books at her website. And visit this week's Kids' E-Book Bestseller List for more new books and authors!