Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Twin's Daughter: Victorian Suspense in the Top Ten

Lauren Baratz-Logsted joins us today. Her e-book, The Twin's Daughter, hit the number 9 spot in the Children's and Young Adult section of Amazon last Saturday, and it's still there today, sitting solid!

What's your book about, Lauren?

THE TWIN'S DAUGHTER is a Victorian suspense novel, set in England, about a girl who discovers that her gorgeous society mother has an identical twin who was raised in the workhouse. Mystery, murder and romance ensue.

How did you get published: traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

It would take a book to answer this question! Short version: I left my day job as an independent bookseller in 1994 to take a chance on myself as a writer. Nearly 8 years, 7 novels, 4 simultaneous part-time jobs and a few agents later, I sold a dark comedy for adults called The Thin Pink Line on my own to Red Dress Ink as part of a two-book deal. It was published in 11 countries, optioned for a film and was the first book from any Harlequin imprint ever to receive a starred Kirkus review. I've since had over 20 more books published for adults (Vertigo), teens (The Education of Bet) and children (The Sisters 8 series, which I created with my husband and daughter). My publishers have included Random House, Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Bloomsbury. Recently, I've also done some ebooks on my own, including the smash comedy for adults, The Bro-Magnet.

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

THE TWIN'S DAUGHTER is also available as a hardcover and was originally published that way. It is currently available in both formats. The publisher in this instance is Bloomsbury, so it's their decision how it's published.

What top factors do you believe put your e-book where it is now?

Luck! Apparently, publishers submit titles to Amazon for their monthly 100 Ebooks Under $3.99 feature. I was lucky that THE TWIN'S DAUGHTER got selected and even luckier that Bloomsbury gave it such a terrific cover. Here's why I say the second part: THE TWIN'S DAUGHTER is the least visible of the 15 Children's/YA titles included in this promotion. It's not on the front page as some of the others are; you actually have to click through the Kids & Teens link and then it's the last title listed on that page...and yet it's done better than any of the other books in the promotion. Last week it displaced John Grisham as the #1 ebook for Children/Teens and is going gangbusters in the overall Children's/YA category with only major bestsellers ahead of it. The only thing I can think is that consumers - both teens and adults - are responding to that cover, then they see all the great reviews that are already there. I'm fortunate that if this was going to happen with one of my books, it just happens to be the best book I ever wrote.

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

I think the ebook revolution is a fabulous thing for both authors and readers - so many more choices for both! - but I'm not one of these authors who are declaring print dead. As far as I'm concerned, print and ebooks can coexist nicely and should.

Learn more about Lauren at her website or by following her on Twitter. Also note that her comedic romance for adults, THE BRO-MAGNET, is free on Kindle thru May 20!

Have a look at this week's updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List to see more top ten authors for children and young adults!