Wednesday, October 17, 2012

YA Author Angie Stanton Found Indie Success on Amazon

Angie Stanton joins us today, excited to share about her e-success experience with A Rock and a Hard Place, her second book. On Saturday, it was in the number 9 spot in the "Children's and Young Adult" section of Amazon.

Let's hear what your book is about, Angie.
 Rock and a Hard Place is about Libby, a girl who has suffered great loss and closed herself down. Peter is lead singer for the Band Jamieson who misses a normal life.

One day while watching the Interstate exit for her dad’s long awaited return, Libby’s life is rocked when Peter Jamieson steps off his tour bus and into her life. After a couple chance meetings with Peter, Libby breaks away from her perfect behavior and her life changes course.

Peter longs for normalcy away from the screaming fans who know nothing about the real him. He is amazed to discover Libby has never heard of him or his band. Soon their friendship turns to love. While Peter battles his family's growing interference so he can spend time with Libby, she struggles with her eccentric aunt who turns more bizarre each day.

Their lives are torn apart when Peter's family intrudes and Libby disappears. Peter’s desperate search for her comes up empty. Can they find their way back to each other while the world plots against them?

Rock and a Hard Place shows how a young, hurting girl comes into herself and triumphs over life's circumstances.

How did you get published: traditionally or independently?

I am both traditionally and independently published. My first book, Love 'em or Leave 'em, an adult contemporary romance, was published by Avalon Books. When my second manuscript was ready, a contemporary Young Adult novel, Rock and a Hard Place, neither publishers nor agents were interested in looking at this story. My feeling is that paranormal books had such a strong hold on the industry, that a contemporary story wasn't worth their time.

The reason I indie published was out of sheer frustration. No one would look at Rock and a Hard Place. I hoped that someone might discover the book and enjoy it. To my total shock and delight, it quickly found an audience and has remained on Amazon best seller lists for the past 16 months.

How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.
Amazon's reviews, sales rankings and recommended book lists is what I attribute to spreading the word most efficiently. I also have a blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account.. I'm not very active on Twitter.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?
The target audience for my Young Adult books is 12 and up. I have both young readers and adult readers. This book seems to speak to all generations. Rock and a Hard Place is a sweet book with no graphic sex, drugs or drinking. It is appropriate for young readers.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?
Initially, I was against e-publishing. Silly me. Now I realize it has given so many authors a vehicle to share their work. There are far more amazing stories than publishers are able to publish. In addition, publishers decide what books are put on the market. They have a narrow focus, designed to make money.

So, yes, I am a tremendous fan of e-publishing. However, I feel traditional publishing will always be important and always have a place.

Is your book available in print format?

Yes, Rock and a Hard Place is also available in print format, but e-book format came first.

Learn more about Angie and her books at the links I provided above. And stop back on Saturday to see another interview and the updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List.  Need a reminder? Follow me on Twitter or Facebook!