Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Molly McAdams Took A Chance on E-Publishing . . . And Won!

I'm pleased to feature indie author Molly McAdams, whose e-book Taking Chances shot to the top ten right out of the gate. On the September 8th Kids' E-Book Bestseller List, her book was in the #8 spot in the "Children's and YA" section of the Amazon Kindle store AND it was also #1 (!!!!) in the Teen section of the Barnes and Noble Nook store. Last Saturday, September 15th, it climbed to #4 in Amazon and held on the the #1 spot in B & N. Wow! Let's hear her amazing story.....

In a few sentences, tell us what your book is about.

Taking Chances is about a girl, Harper, that has grown up with her career Marine father. After being sheltered her entire life, she's going away to college across the country and for the first time she has freedom. She's introduced to parties, guys, feminine clothing and love from a family like she's never had. She quickly falls in love with two guys, and is torn between the deep love she has for her boyfriend and the underlying chemistry she has for her roommate's brother. But Harper's decisions and actions will ultimately change everyone's lives in a way no one is expecting.

How did your book get published?

I actively started writing five books at the beginning of this year, mostly to get all the stories floating around in my head out; it wasn't until I finished one of them, Taking Chances, that I started thinking about publishing. I figured this was a hobby of mine, and I enjoyed what I was doing so I may as well publish it on my own. I copyrighted my book after editing and a week and a half ago (ed. late August) uploaded it through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I hadn't ever considered publishing with an actual publishing house, and for now I'm having fun doing it on my own, but I hope some day to have my books picked up.

How are people finding out about your book?

I haven't marketed at all, really it's social media and word of mouth. Goodreads, Facebook, and book reviewers have been amazing! Without those three things, I seriously doubt any of this would be happening for Taking Chances right now.

Is your book available in print format? 

Not yet, but I hope to start having it available within the year! I know people love actual books (I do too!) But I also know that e-readers are huge for so many different reasons right now and I think e-books will definitely always be my favorite way of going. It's very easy to publish for e-readers, it's free and people can download them in an instant. Who doesn't love that? :)

Want to learn more about Molly? Visit her website and blog, her GoodReads author page, her Facebook Author page, her regular Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter.

And if you haven't yet, check out this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more great books.