The Wild Ones, by M. Leighton, hit the Kids' EBook Bestseller List two weeks in a row. On August 11th Michelle's book was in the #8 position in Amazon's "Children's and Young Adult" department, and the following week it rose to #4!
She now has a total of thirteen books that can be found on Amazon as well as several other sites. She's currently working on sequels, though her mind continues to churn out new ideas, exciting plots and quirky characters. Let's hear all about her e-publishing success!
Tell us what your book is about.
The Wild Ones is about forbidden love and what two people will go through to be together.
How did you get published: traditionally or independently? Recently or further in the past?
I independently published my first title at the end of January, 2011. I’ve only been writing since June of 2009, so this all seems like a whirlwind at this point. LOL
What top factors do you believe put your e-book where it is now?
Where the majority of authors have been writing for years and years and some for most of their lives, I haven’t. I think it took me a few attempts to find my voice and the genre that best suits it. I believe with The Wild Ones I have found my sweet spot.
How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.
For The Wild Ones, I sent out ARCs to several trusted bloggers. Beyond that, I have used Twitter to promote teasers on my blog, as well as a giveaway early on. It seems to have worked out well.
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 the New Adult crowd (a slightly more mature version of the young adult crowd), probably those between the ages of 18 and…well, 18 and up:) I think they like the convenience and the reasonable pricing of ebooks.
What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing?
As an Indie, ebooks are your primary platform. NOT offering a digital copy would’ve been lunacy. LOL
As you got into e-publishing, have you discovered unexpected things? Has anything happened that you wouldn’t have predicted?
I always HOPED my books would sell, and they have. It’s been slightly unexpected, but a dream come true nonetheless. Everything beyond that, including the success of The Wild Ones, has been surreal.
Is your book available in print format?
Yes. I now offer most of my books in print. Not only do I like to have a copy to put on my bookshelf, many people still prefer to read paperbacks. Also, many readers want a signed copy, which I always offer.
Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author?
It helps. Without it, I couldn’t do what I do. I am forever grateful to Amazon for bringing the format into the limelight like it has.
Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults? How?
I believe the accessibility and reasonable pricing encourages reading in all age groups, so I see it as a definite help!
Want to know more? Michelle has many ways for you to learn about her and her books: her blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, her Amazon author page and her Barnes & Noble author page.
And you can find more new top ten authors and their books at the Kids' EBook Bestseller List updated every Saturday morning