Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dinosaurs Love Being Number One

On March 10th, Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman hit the number one spot in the Kids' section of the Barnes and Noble e-book store. Claire joins us today to talk about her book.

Claire, let's start with a summary of Dinosaurs Love Underpants.

This book explains how dinosaurs became extinct. Basically they were all wiped out because of.....underpants!!!! Obviously this is a very serious book and not at all silly!!!

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

I began writing after joining a creative writing class over 15 years ago. I still go to the same class each week - it's a great place to share ideas and writing thoughts. I never planned to become a writer - it just happened by chance. I'm so glad it did.

I got published by perserverance. I sent lots and lots of story ideas to various publishers, and they were all rejected, but I got good feedback from the editors. I took note of what they said, and re-wrote accordingly. Eventually after nearly 2 years, my first picture book text was accepted.

I tried for an agent at first, but it is hard for an unpublished author to get representation. I now find I don't need an agent and prefer to work alone.

Which came first -- the print version of your book, or the electronic version?

Print came first - the e-book version was the result of the demands for new media versions.

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

I really hope that e-publishing won't take over print publishing. There is nothing more special than the feeling of opening a brand new book (or an old well thumbed copy) and turning the pages and holding the book in your hands. Not to mention owning a lovely bookshelf of your favourite books.

E-publishing is great - but it doesn't offer the hands on experince in my opinion.

Learn more about Claire and her books at her website,  her blog, or by following her on Twitter.  And check out the latest bestsellers for kids, updated every Saturday morning.