Saturday, October 20, 2012

THE PERFECT GAME: Perfect for E-Pub Success

Last Saturday, October 13th,  J. Sterling  hit the number 4 spot in the Teen section of the Barnes & Noble Nook store with her e-book The Perfect Game. This week it's risen to number 3, AND it's at number 5 in the Children's and Young Adult section of the Amazon Kindle store! Jenn was "more than happy to participate" in an interview, so here we go...

What's The Perfect Game about? 

He's a game she never intended to play.
And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.

The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.

They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.

Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful...

Tell us about your path to publication: traditional or independent?

Like most self published authors, I TRIED to get published traditionally first. I think it's because we all feel like that's the way to go- that's the way things work- you write a book, you query agents and you attempt to get a bite. All I got were numerous rejection emails. It was completely disheartening, but not enough so that I just gave up and called it a day. THANKFULLY we have options now. Getting that rejection letter doesn't mean our books never see the light of day. So I decided to self publish and it's been amazing!

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

Honestly? Hard.Freaking.Work. There is no magic pill (although it might feel that way sometimes). The Perfect Game is my third novel. I've been working my butt off for about 15 months or so trying to make a name for myself, marketing, promoting, socializing, making friends, meeting other authors, learning to take criticism, seeing the faults in my writing, growing, reading, etc... and of course, trying to write a good book that people would enjoy!

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

For this particular book, my target audience is New Adult/Mature YA. My other books are far tamer and for a younger YA audience. I believe that e-books are the way of our future, much like mp3's have become the way of our music. It's crazy to think how few music stores exist anymore. And it's SAD to think that bookstores are following in their footsteps.

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

I never once thought about the other authors when I first started. I had NO idea how many wonderfully kind, talented, giving and amazing self published authors I would meet. That group of people who choose to build each other up instead of compete with them- it's mind blowing.

Learn more about J. Sterling and her books by visiting her website and blog, or by following her on Facebook or Twitter.

The Kids' EBook Bestseller List has been updated a bit earlier than usual because I am at the Florida Writers Association conference this weekend. Check out the updated list for the lastest in e-format top tens.