Saturday, June 30, 2012

Indie Author Kristy Evans Found Success In Spades

Ok, the title for this post has a British expression so some of you may not understand my double meaning. (I lived in England for 12 years.) Having success "in spades" means having it in abundance. And that's exactly what author Kristy Evans has had with her e-book, Spades, which hit the number 6 spot in the Children's and YA section of Amazon two weeks ago.

Tell us what your book is about, Kristy.

Spades is about a grieving girl who runs away with her hero and gets lured into his dark world. She learns that her chosen path is not by accident, and at the same time, unravels the mystery of who she is and what she’s capable of.

How did you get published: Traditionally or independently? And when?

I’ve been a self-publisher for two years. Before then, I tried going the traditional route for a couple of years, but I was tired of reading the same automated rejection letters. I just wanted to share my story with people who were just as enthusiastic about the material as me. So I posted the first book of Spades and made it available for the public through Kindle.

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

Yes, my book is available in paperback as well. The e-book version came first because e-books are a lot easier to sell right now, and faster to distribute than paperback. Amazon and Kindle are well known for selling tons of e-books, and I personally think the e-pub route is more convenient for the buyer and the seller. Still, nothing beats holding your own book in your hand and signing your own autograph, which is why I’ve decided to go with both.

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

I was almost too excited about e-publishing. I’d just heard about the Amanda Hocking story and her success. I was weary from sending queries to traditional publishers/agents who weren’t interested in my idea. I just wanted real readers to read my book and be excited about it. So E-publishing was an answered prayer. But nothing worthy comes overnight. I knew it was going to be a lot of hard work, and I was ready to put all of my eggs in one basket. I’m really glad I did. I have amazing readers, now, and I can afford to keep writing books without being financially stressed out.

For the record, the greatest part about being a self-publisher is being hands-on with the readers. They’ve easily made this the best time of my life.
Learn more about Kristy Evans and her books at her blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.
And have a look at this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more super authors who've hit the top ten in e-format.