Saturday, August 25, 2012

Readers Are Wild About The Wild Ones

The Wild Ones, by M. Leighton, hit the Kids' EBook Bestseller List two weeks in a row.  On August 11th Michelle's book was in the #8 position in Amazon's "Children's and Young Adult" department, and the following week it rose to #4! 

She now has a total of thirteen books that can be found on Amazon as well as several other sites. She's currently working on sequels, though her mind continues to churn out new ideas, exciting plots and quirky characters. Let's hear all about her e-publishing success!

Tell us what your book is about.

The Wild Ones is about forbidden love and what two people will go through to be together.

How did you get published: traditionally or independently? Recently or further in the past?

I independently published my first title at the end of January, 2011.  I’ve only been writing since June of 2009, so this all seems like a whirlwind at this point.  LOL

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

Where the majority of authors have been writing for years and years and some for most of their lives, I haven’t.  I think it took me a few attempts to find my voice and the genre that best suits it.  I believe with The Wild Ones I have found my sweet spot.

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

For The Wild Ones, I sent out ARCs to several trusted bloggers.  Beyond that, I have used Twitter to promote teasers on my blog, as well as a giveaway early on.  It seems to have worked out well.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

My target audience is the New Adult crowd (a slightly more mature version of the young adult crowd), probably those between the ages of 18 and…well, 18 and up:)  I think they like the convenience and the reasonable pricing of ebooks.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing?

As an Indie, ebooks are your primary platform.  NOT offering a digital copy would’ve been lunacy.  LOL

As you got into e-publishing, have you discovered unexpected things? Has anything happened that you wouldn’t have predicted?

I always HOPED my books would sell, and they have.  It’s been slightly unexpected, but a dream come true nonetheless.  Everything beyond that, including the success of The Wild Ones, has been surreal.

Is your book available in print format?

Yes.  I now offer most of my books in print.  Not only do I like to have a copy to put on my bookshelf, many people still prefer to read paperbacks.  Also, many readers want a signed copy, which I always offer.

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

It helps.  Without it, I couldn’t do what I do. I am forever grateful to Amazon for bringing the format into the limelight like it has.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults? How?

I believe the accessibility and reasonable pricing encourages reading in all age groups, so I see it as a definite help!

Want to know more? Michelle has many ways for you to learn about her and her books:  her blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, her Amazon author page and her Barnes & Noble author page.

And you can find more new top ten authors and their books at the Kids' EBook Bestseller List updated every Saturday morning

Saturday, August 18, 2012

SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover: #1 in the iBookstore!

Today we get to meet author Colleen Hoover. If you're following YA authors on Twitter, you may have seen the news that she signed a contract with Atria, a division of Simon and Schuster, for two books: Slammed and Point of Retreat. Colleen independently published both of these books in e-format, and both hit the Kids' EBook Bestseller List!

On July 28th Slammed hit the #4 spot in the Children and Teens section of the iBookstore. Then the following Saturday, Slammed jumped to the #1spot, and Point of Retreat came in at #5.

Colleen, tell us about the story of Slammed.

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope. 

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slams. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope. Not long after a heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together and the forces that tear them apart.

"There is no description that could do this book justice. Slammed is a heart-wrenching, emotional, yet somehow humorous journey of two souls that are destined to be together, despite the factors that stand in their way. So much more than a romance, Slammed teaches lessons about love, life and the soul-deep moments in between. Not to mention the's oh, so good." ~Katie's Book Blog.

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

I am a self-published author, therefore have not had the ability to benefit from marketing, advertisements, etc. I think it is both a combination of pure luck and characters that people feel like sharing with others through recommendations. I truly believe word of mouth is the ultimate reason for the success behind both Slammed and Point of Retreat. It's amazing how readers can ultimately propel a book into best-seller status if it's something they love. I will forever be grateful to them.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

When I wrote the books, I didn't have a target audience in mind. I just wrote the story that I felt compelled to get out. I did try and keep it as clean as possible so the younger audience could read them as well. I think with the e-format works for most audiences nowadays. I know I have three young children, and they absolutely love to get on my kindle and search for books. It's like a library right in the palm of their hands. I think with time, we are going to see both much younger and much older audiences purchasing e-books.

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

I uploaded SLAMMED to Amazon in e-format as soon as I finished it. I had no idea how to go about submitting to traditional publishers and wasn't really thinking that far ahead. To me, it felt as though I had just wrote a story that I wanted to get into the hands of my friends and family. I never imagined it would turn into what it has. I ordered the paperback version through createspace about a week later.

I just recently signed both books with Atria, a division of Simon and Schuster. They will have their version of the paperbacks out this fall and I'm really excited to see them in bookstores.

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

I believe it helps me tremendously. The majority of my sales come from e-books. I also receive regular emails from fans, stating they haven't read in years until they were gifted with a kindle. It's awesome to think that all of these non-readers are turning into readers now that they have e-readers and e-books at their disposal. I believe more and more people are going to find the ease that comes with purchasing e-books and sales will continue to rise for all authors based on people finding a new love for reading. 

Learn more about Colleen and her books at her websiteon Facebook or on Twitter. And have a look at today's Kids' Ebook Bestseller List for the latest Top Tens in the top stores!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Believe It or Not, Ripley's Has a Bestselling E-Book

On July 28th Ripley's RBI01: Scaly Tale hit the number 4 spot in the Juvenile section of the Google e-book store. I contacted Amy Webb, the Production Coordinator at Ripley Publishing, to get their thoughts on their e-format success.

First, tell us what Scaly Tale is about.

The Florida swamplands are home to hungry gators, wild electrical storms, and a most unusual creature. Sightings of a strange lizard-like animal reach Ripley High and the RBI are sent to investigate. During their search, the RBI agents find themselves in the middle of a high-speed airboat chase, a swarm of rats, a mysterious treasure hunt, and DUL agents in disguise. But then that's nothing unusual when you're a member of the RBI!
Tell us about Ripley's path to publication: Independent or traditional?


Recently or further in the past?

Further in the past.

Ripley’s has been publishing its Annual book since 2004 and publishes more than 1 million copies annually worldwide. Titles in this series include "Download The Weird", “Strikingly True”, and “Enter If You Dare”. This book is best known for it's incredible covers which always includes an eye-catching lenticular, as well as outstanding designed pages throughout. In 2011, we were featured in Moon Beam Children's Book Awards, USA Books awards and The Wall Street Journal Best Sellers List.

We have heard from many librarians and educators that Ripley’s should publish a fiction series for younger children especially aimed to boys and reluctant readers.From this suggestion we are happy to present the RBI Series. The series is launching with four titles: “A Scaly Tale”, “The Dragon's Triangle”, “Running Wild”, and “Secrets of The Deep”. The stories are adventure based with a diverse group of kids from around the world. They travel on investigations to decipher "fact from fiction".

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

This specific title is FREE! We are hoping that by giving this title away for free, it will peak the interest of the reader and they will want to continue on the adventure and read all others in the series.

How are people finding out about your book?

We currently visit many book shows, we blog, we conduct giveaways, and we have put great effort into the launch of this new series. Please review our dedicated website for this series at As the series grows, this site will be continually updated and the level of interaction increased.

What is your target audience?

Our target audience is ages 7-11, boys and reluctant readers.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing?

Ripley Publishing has always been very excited about e-publishing. We embrace change & technology! We believe it opens a brand new avenue for book publishing.

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

Yes, this title was first published in print format. At the time it was published, we were not ready for ebooks. Today, in 2012 we have grown and now have all our titles in ebook form.
Check out the Author Index tab to read about other Youth and YA Top Ten e-books and their authors. And stop by every Saturday to see the updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Beastly: Published in 2007 and Still Selling Strong!

Alex Flinn is no stranger to the Kids' EBook Bestseller List. The e-published version of her book, Beastly, hit the top ten back in the Spring of 2011. Then last week it re-appeared at the number 10 spot in the "Children and Teens" section of the iBookstore. This time I was able to contact Alex and get her insights on her e-format success. Enjoy! 

Time to pull out your synopsis skills and tell us what your book is about.
Beastly is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. In it, the main character, Kyle Kingsbury, is a real jerk to the wrong girl -- Kendra, who turns out to be a witch. She turns him into a beast, a hairy one with fangs. His father, who is a very vain man, banishes him to a brownstone in Brooklyn, where he is not able to go outdoors or see anyone. But he has to find a girl to love him in two years, in order to break the curse. By the way, if you like Kendra, there is a companion book, called Bewitching, about her further adventures. It is also available in e-book format.

How are people finding out about your book? 

I was fortunate that Beastly was made into a movie in 2011, 
 so that did a lot of marketing for me. However, I am also on Facebook,  the web, and a blog.

As you got into e-publishing, have you discovered unexpected things? 

My book is available in print and was a bestseller for several months in that format as well. However, its proportion of print book to e-book sales has been fairly high. Someone at my publisher said that they believed that was because it had an adult crossover audience (My book is young-adult) that might prefer to read the e-book version rather than carrying around a young-adult novel in print form.

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

I think e-books simply present another option. Usually, I like a print book because it's easier to flip around between the pages. However, I'm going on a long trip, and I'll definitely download e-books for that. A few weeks ago, I was somewhere, waiting in a long line, and I realized the e-book I was reading on my iPad had also downloaded to my phone! It was awesome to be able to read it in line! Both my daughters have e-readers, and one loves e-books while the other prefers print. I certainly hope e-books don't shut out print books, but it's great that we have both. I assume e-book will continue to grow, as more people get e-readers.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults? How?

It probably helps kids and teens that they don't have to get mom to drive them to a bookstore in order to get a book. It's much easier to buy a book, so that may lead to more sales. I have probably bought my daughter more books since she got an e-reader.

For more top ten authors and their fab books, check this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller List.
Stop by on Wednesday to hear all about the e-success of Ripley's Believe It Or Not! with a book from their Ripley's RBI01 series. And next Saturday we hear from Colleen Hoover, author of Slammed and Point of Retreat. Need a reminder? Follow me on Facebook or on Twitter.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

FORGET YOU: An Unforgettable Romantic Drama & iBook Bestseller

Jennifer Echols joins us to talk about her e-book bestseller, Forget You. For several weeks in July, it hit the top ten in the "Children and Teens" section of the iBookstore, and it's been a Barnes and Noble bestseller as well!

Tell us what Forget You is about.

After her mother’s breakdown, a teen fears she's going crazy herself as she tries to piece together what happened the night of a car wreck she can't remember, and why her darkly handsome arch-enemy has fallen in love with her.

How did you get published: traditionally or independently? Recently or further in the past?

I sold two books to Simon & Schuster in 2005, and I have been with them ever since. My latest book published a few weeks ago, SUCH A RUSH, is my ninth.

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

The e-book version of FORGET YOU is usually priced at $9.99, but Simon & Schuster reduced the price of it and a previous novel, GOING TOO FAR, to $3.99 as a special promotion during Comic Con.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

I also write romantic comedies for teenagers, and those are appropriate for ages 12 and up. However, FORGET YOU is one of my romantic dramas, and my target audience for those books is older teenagers, though adults tell me they enjoy the books too. This young adult audience seems very savvy about e-books, and I believe the fact that they received Nooks and Barnes & Noble gift cards for the holidays is probably what placed FORGET YOU at #7 on around Christmas in 2010, a few months after it debuted.

You can get to know more about Jennifer and her books at her website or by following her on Facebook or Twitter.

Need something new to read? Check this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller list for the latest top tens in the most popular e-book stores!