Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tiger's Voyage -- On a Trip to the Top Ten

For four weeks, including today, Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck has been in the top ten in the Children's section of the Sony E-Bookstore. It's the third book in her Tiger Saga series. 

Tell us what Tiger's Voyage is about.

When Kelsey Hayes agrees to escort a prized white tiger from an American circus to exotic India, she embarks upon an extraordinary adventure filled with magic, danger, and the wonder of young love.

How did you get published? Traditional or independent?

I started out as a self-published author and realized some exciting moments there which led to getting a literary agent, a Hollywood movie deal, and foreign publications before I was picked up for traditional publication in the Unites States.

Is your book available in print format?  How did your e-book come about?

Yes. When I self published my first two books, TIGER'S CURSE & TIGER'S QUEST, I published them both as Print on Demand paper copies as well as in e-book format. The e-book was a last minute decision and it was the best decision I ever made as a self-published author. From the time my books went live until the time they were taken down so we could release the traditionally published version, over 95% of my sales were e-books. Now that I'm traditionally published under Sterling in the US and under several foreign publishers, my e-books are available around the world. Students who might be interested in practicing reading German can buy the German edition as an e-book without the expense of shipping a book from Germany to the United States.

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

I believe e-publishing is altering the landscape of publishing in ways we don't yet even realize. If I hadn't e-pubbed, I don't think I would have attracted the attention of New York publishers or agents. I had no idea there were so many readers utilizing that method. The numbers of books I sold in that format shocked me.

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

I believe there will always be room for paper books but I also believe the day is coming that we will see e-books overtake paper. My nephew for his 8th birthday got a Kindle Fire and he loves it and reads constantly. As a result my 5 year old niece lamented that she didn't have one yet. I think that in the very near future textbooks will disappear and children will use e-readers for study and homework.

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

I use Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads daily. My fans tweet and send messages to their social groups to help me promote my books. I just did an online scavenger hunt with 60 other authors who write for young adults and not only did thousands of tweets go out in just three days, but the hunt webpage got over 50,000 hits. Because the event happened online, I was able to network with and get to know authors who work with a variety of publishing houses. Doing this allows us to link our fan bases to other authors with similar styles increasing our overall readership.

You can also learn more about Colleen and her books at her website.

Have a look at today's updated Kids' E-Book Bestseller List for more great authors and their books.