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.