Saturday, December 15, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Thanks for stopping by. I'm taking a short break from the blog to celebrate the holidays and enjoy some time off.

My posts will be back on Saturday, January 5th, kicking off the New Year with an interview with Jason Edwards, author of Will Allen and the Great Monster Detective

In the meantime, you can check the Author List for past interviews. Look for your favorites or catch up on ones you missed.

I hope you have a blessed holiday season!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Wielder's Fate: Three Weeks as a Kindle Bestseller for Teens

T.B. Christensen joins us today to talk about the e-book success of Wielder's Fate.  For three weeks, from mid November until early December, Wielder's Fate was in the top ten of the "Children and Teens" section of Amazon.

Let's start with a summary of your story.

Wielder’s Fate is the third and final book in the Wielder Trilogy. The trilogy follows a young man as he grows from an uneducated lumberjack to a person of great consequence in the land. As a special power awakens within him, he learns of love, death, and sacrifice.

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

A good story and luck! It always takes a little luck. I believe the Wielder Trilogy is a fun adventure with characters that people can relate to and care about. It has benefited from good word of mouth and grown in popularity with the release of each book in the trilogy.

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

My target audience is teens through adults of all ages. The e-format works great because so many people these days have either a smart phone or an e-reader. This allows easy access to the books no matter where people are. The convenience allows people to squeeze in the purchase and reading of a book no matter where they are.

Do you think e-publishing will eventually take over print publishing? Why or why not? How do you see the world of e-publishing for children within the next 5 years?

Print publishing will always be around but e-publishing will become the dominate form of publishing. E-books are very convenient and can cost considerably less than a print book. With the ever increasing amount of relatively inexpensive smart phones, e-readers, and tablets coming to the market, it will continue to become easier for people to have the tools necessary to read whatever they want wherever they are.

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

Personally, it has helped me immensely. It allowed me to directly reach a large audience without having to convince an agent and a publisher that it would be profitable for them to publish my book. The e-format made my current success possible.



Find out more about T.B. Christensen and his books at his blog. And check this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more popular ebooks for children and young adults. You're bound to find something to interest you!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Winnie's War: Top Ten Victory on Amazon

On the Kids' EBook Bestseller List for November 17th, Jenny Moss took the  #3 spot in the "Children's and Teen" section of the Amazon Kindle store with her book, Winnie's War. Jenny took some time to share her thoughts on the e-success of her book.

What is Winnie's War about?                   BUY IT NOW ON AMAZON

Winnie Grace lives right by the cemetery in a small Texas town in the year 1918. When the Spanish influenza sweeps through Coward Creek, she is desperate to protect her two younger sisters, her coffin-making father, her distant mother, and even her cranky grandmother. Winnie's War, a middle grade novel, was selected as a Bank Street Children's Book of the Year.

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

My novels - Winnie's War, Shadow, and Taking Off - are traditionally published by Bloomsbury/Walker and Scholastic. I've dreamed of seeing my books on library shelves since I was a child. My first book was published in 2009.

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

Honestly, I have no idea. My editor e-mailed to tell me Winnie's War had been selected as an Amazon Kindle Daily Deal. It was a fun day. :)

How are people finding out about your book? 

I've been very fortunate in that my publishers have done most of the marketing of my books - getting them reviewed by professional journals, placed in Scholastic Book Fairs, and into the hands of librarians and teachers.

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

I write for tweens and teens, who seem to be very comfortable with e-books. It'll be interesting to see the changes that occur as these age groups get older.

Is your book available in print format? Which came first?

All of my books were first published in print format.

Learn more about Jenny and her books at her website. And see this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller List for the latest top tens in the most popular ebook stores.