Last Saturday The Year We Disappeared hit the number 8 spot in the "Children's and Young Adult" section of the Amazon store. Written by Cylin Busby and her dad, John Busby, it's a compelling memoir, and I believe it may be the first memoir ever to hit the Kids' Ebook Bestseller list. It certainly is the first to be featured in an interview. Let's hear all about it.
First, Cylin, tell us what your book is about.
THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED is a true-crime memoir, co-written with my police officer father. The book recalls the events of 1979, when my father was shot and our family had to be protected around the clock from his assailants. We were later relocated and lived in hiding for five years.
Tell us about your path to publication: traditional or independent?
My path to publication for this book was fairly traditional--I submitted the manuscript to my agent, then to the publisher. But one thing that was not traditional: I thought this book would be published for adults, however an editor at Bloomsbury saw the potential for it to be published as a young adult book with adult crossover, so we went that route, and I'm glad we did.
What top factors do you believe put your e-book where it is now?
The book was published in hardcover in 2008, and did not go into ebook until 2010 or 2011--so the paperback had already become available. I think there is a demand for ebooks and the "instant" nature of getting a book in that format that made this book popular when it became an ebook. Also, Amazon did a price promotion for a few days, and the fact that this book is considered a good "beach read"contributed to good summer sales.
How are people finding out about your book?
A few factors helped readers find out about our book: first, good reviews and starred reviews help bring readers, second our story was featured on national television in 2009 on the show "48 Hours" and that helped drive sales.
What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?
Teens and adults are our target audience, and I do feel that the e-book works well for that audience because most of them have a device (kindle, iPad) that they can use to read. For younger readers, middle school and elementary school, I don't think ebooks work as well and they might still be better served by "traditional" books.
Learn more about Cylin and her writing at her website. And as always, the Kids' Ebook Bestseller List has been updated this morning with all the latest top tens in e-format.