Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes AND I Love My Story in E-Format!

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes first showed up on the Kids' EBook Bestseller List in mid-August and has been in the top ten of the Kids' section in the Barnes & Noble Nook store almost every week since then. Author Eric Litwin is here to tell us all about the book and its path to electronic success.

Eric, tell us what your book is about.

My books are about staying positive. Pete the Cat is an optimist who finds the good in all things.  

How did you first get published: traditionally or independently?

The artist, James Dean, and I worked together and self published. Then we signed with Harper Collins and things got much bigger!

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

The books are a wonderful read out loud experience and empowering for emerging readers. Mostly, they are big huge groovy fun!

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

People find out about our books in many ways. The children hear it at school and come home singing. Social media has also been very important to us. Teachers have blogged often about our books and shared lesson plans on Pinterest. Also, our YouTube videos get thousands of hits everyday.

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

The target audience is 2 years old to seven years old. E-format works great for my books because they are interactive and I create a narrated version with music.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?

I am excited about e-publishing. I am very into interactive learning and feel e-publishing offers exciting options for this. 

Learn more about Eric and his his books at his website. And look for the latest top ten e-book authors at this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller List.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Charade: Top Ten in Two Stores

This week we get to hear from Nyrae Dawn, whose book Charade has been in the top ten for Teens in both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The book is in the genre of "New Adult" -- geared toward older teens and college students. In the online stores, these books get grouped with Young Adult books, although they have more mature themes.

Two weeks ago, Charade hit the number 5 spot in the Teen section of the Barnes & Noble Nook store, and last week it was still there, while also hitting #9 in the Children and Teen section of the Amazon Kindle Store.  Let's hear about Nyrae's e-format success!

First, tell us what Charade is about.

Two lost characters who start out playing a game, but end up figuring out what life is all about.

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

I've been at this a long time. I wrote a YA queried editors and got a million rejections. Wrote another book, got lots of requests and almosts, but no bites. Wrote a third book and got an agent...but didn't sell. My agent left and I got another agent. Wrote another book, but it didn't sell either. It got fantastic response from editors. They loved the voice, but wasn't sure it would sell (I heard that with my other book as well). I decided at that point to self publish those books and nothing has been the same sense! I love self publishing, but have also sold other books traditionally now. In my opinion, it doesn't have to be one or the other. I want to continue self publishing as well as placing some books traditionally. 

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

That's hard to answer. I don't think you can really say what makes a book sell or not. I will say that I believe word of mouth is huge! I've been lucky that people have talked about my book.

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

I think it helps. I love print as well, but ebooks are so conventient. They fit into people's busy schedules. 

Learn more about Nyrae and her books at her blog or by following her on Twitter.

 She has the following books available now: What a Boy Wants, What a Boy Needs, Freeing Carter, Measuring Up, and  Karma Bites.  And coming soon is Misplaced, from Entangled Publishing.

Have a look at this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller List for all the latest ebooks for kids of all ages. The successful e-book release of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series combined with the diminishing popularity of The Hunger Games series has caused the list to change quite a bit over the past few weeks.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

RaShelle Workman: Three Weeks in the Kindle Top Ten!

Blood and Snow, Volumes 1 - 4 by RaShelle Workman hit the number 10 spot in the "Children's and Teen" section of the Amazon Kindle store on October 27th. The next week it climbed to number 8, and it's still on the list this week. Let's hear all about RaShelle's success with this unique book -- or I should say, four books in one.

What is Blood and Snow about?

"Blood and Snow" is a fairytale retelling of Snow White. It'll be told in 12 volumes.

Here's the summary for the first 4:

BLOOD AND SNOW: Snow White isn't an ordinary girl. She doesn't know that yet.
REVENANT IN TRAINING: Snow has become something not quite human. She must discover how to live with the changes, hopefully without killing anyone.
THE VAMPIRE CHRISTOPHER: Snow White craves blood. Especially the blood of her Hunter. But will drinking from him save or enslave her?
BLOOD SOAKED PROMISES: Snow White must come to terms with her bloodlust. It's one thing to drink the blood of her Hunter, something else entirely to drink the blood of a human.

Volume 5, "Prey and Magic," will be out November 20th, 2012.

Tell us about your path to publication.

I published my first novel, "Exiled" in November of 2011, after the mid level publisher I signed with went under. Since then I've released 7 other novels, which can be found by clicking on my author link.  It's been a hard, exhausting year, filled with ups and downs, happy dances, and bitter tears, and lots of amazing fan mail, which I've gathered from my traditionally published friends is pretty much what they go through as well. I've loved every minute of it.

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

Marketing. Reader interest. And, price.

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

I belong to two different author groups. We are very good at promoting each other. I also have a presence on my blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google +. Social Media is great to an extent. It helps readers find me. But, I believe people are finding my book because of the cross promotions I do through Free Par-Tay.

Follow the links I included to learn more about RaShelle and her books. And check out this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller List to see many more successful e-format authors. Maybe you'll find a new favorite!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Gary Paulsen's HATCHET: Finding New Fans In E-Format

Today I'm thrilled and honored to feature an interview with Gary Paulsen. If by chance you're not familiar with Gary and his books, here's  a snippet of his bio, taken from his author page at the Random House website: 

Paulsen is a master storyteller who has written more than 175 books and some 200 articles and short stories for children and adults. He is one of the most important writers of young adult literature today and three of his novels — Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room— were Newbery Honor Books. His books frequently appear on the best books lists of the American Library Association.

The electronic version of Hatchet hit the number 8 spot in the "Children's and Young Adult" section of the store and has been there for three weeks in a row so far. I was able to contact Gary's agent with the news and she wrote back saying, "I read the questions to Gary as he was driving . . . and here are his answers."

Tell us what Hatchet is about.

A boy headed to visit his father survives a plane crash and must make his way, alone, in the Canadian wilderness with nothing more than a hatchet.

How was this book originally published: traditionally or independently? Recently or further in the past?

Hatchet was published 25 years ago. Bradbury published it, but that publishing house merged with Macmillan which then merged with Simon and Schuster and, at first, Puffin licensed the paperback rights and then Aladdin took them over and then, five years ago, an editor I'd worked with at another house who is now at S&S suggested doing an illustrated, annotated, anniversary edition and later, with Random House, I wrote four sequels and two nonfiction accounts (The River, Brian's Winter, Brian's Return, Brian's Hunt, Guts, and Father Water Mother Woods) of how I came to know the information I gave to Brian in Hatchet so, although I tried to be traditional, it's been a pretty post-modern publishing experience.

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

I think there's a great novelty about e-books and a tremendous ease and convenience. You order an e-book and boom, it's on your device almost instantly. And you can read on a phone, a designated e-reader, a tablet or a computer. Very handy.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?

I've always believed that the art of storytelling originated when cavemen danced around the fire telling what the hunt was like, so I'm supportive of anything that conveys story. If you can get a kid to read, it doesn't matter to me if it's hardcover, paperback, electronic, or paintings on the walls of a cave. Just get them to fall in love with a book, introduce them to the wonder of getting lost in a story. That's all that's really important.

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

Again, if you can get a kid to read and to fall in love with reading and books, in whatever format, there's nothing to complain about.


Learn more about Gary Paulsen and his books at his website. And swing by the Kids' EBook Bestseller List to see Hatchet still in the top ten, along with many other top ten authors and their books for children and young adults.