Saturday, February 11, 2012

Skippyjon Jones Skipped to the Top -- Twice!

Judy Schachner's picture book, Skippyjon Jones hit the top ten in Barnes and Noble's Kids section once in October, and again in November. She contacted me a few weeks ago with her e-format insights. 

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

It's about a Siamese kittyboy who thinks he is a chihuahua.

What's your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for them?

I don't even write for a target audience however the e-format works nicely for those little one who don't read yet.

Is your book available in print format? Which came first? 

I have been an author/illustrator for over 20 years so print came first and will always come first for me. I don't really know how to use a computer. I just started using an ipad but can't download my own app!

Tell us about your path to publication.

I graduated from Mass. College of Art with a BFA in Illustration in 1973 but it wasn't until I was 40 with children that I decided to try Children's Books. I've been doing it ever since.

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

E-publishing never entered my Luddite brain. It was all my publisher's idea. I was pretty ambivalent until I saw what they did. It think it's adorable!

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

This question makes me chuckle because I have no marketing skills except for the school and library visits that I did for most of my career. Word of mouth made the Skippyjon Jones books a success. Everything else followed...and that's the truth.

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

I love making books. Everything is done by hand, even my writing because I don't type and I don't
believe that anything takes the place of a real book.

You can learn more about Judy at her website.  And Skippy has his own website, his own online store, and his own Facebook page!

Check this week's Kids' E-book Bestseller List for more fun top-ten books.