Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bethany Wiggins: SHIFTING into the Kindle Top Ten

On the Kids' EBook Bestseller List for October 19th, I saw a new name: Bethany Wiggins. Her ebook, Shifting, hit the number 8 spot in the "Children's and Young Adult" section of the Amazon Kindle store. She was happy to share about her e-pub experience. Enjoy!
Let's start with a summary of the Shifting story.

My book is about a girl who has the secret ability to shift into any animal. But what she doesn't know is that a group of Skinwalkers--right out of Navajo Indian legend--knows her secret, and they are hunting her.

Tell us about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

I didn't originally aspire to be an author. In fact, the career path never even crossed my mind! My sister asked me one day, out of the blue, if I wanted to write a book, so I said yes. And I wrote a book. I wrote four books after that, and got over 200 rejections before I was a decent enough writer to land an agent. The fifth book I wrote is Shifting.

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

I have to thank Amazon for much of my e-book success. They are the ones who selected it to be their "Deal of the Day," which put my e-book in their top 100 bestsellers.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing?

I was thrilled with the thought of e-publishing. My publisher and I both thought it would be great. There seems to be a huge wave of convenient reading rolling over this world, thanks to e-readers, and I am lucky enough to be a part of it. E-readers are just like i-pods--people can store thousands of songs on an i-pod and have their entire music library in their hands at all times, and store thousands of books on their e-readers, and carry their entire library with them at all times. It makes for a lot less clutter, and a ton of convenience.

Is your book available in print format? 

My book is available in print format. Both the e-book and the hard copy were released simultaneously.

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

E-format helps. I have hundreds of readers--e-readers--that would not be reading my book in hard copy. I want my book to reach as wide an audience as possible.

You can find out more about Bethany and her books at her websiteher blog, or her Goodreads page.