On the January 4th Kids' EBook Bestseller List, author E.D. Baker hit the number 8 spot in Amazon' Children's and Young Adult section with the e-book version of Once Upon A Curse. She joins us today to tell us about her book and its e-pub success.
In Once Upon A Curse, the fourth book in the Tales of the Frog Princess series, Emma is faced with the family curse that will take effect on her upcoming sixteenth birthday. It isn't until she goes back in time to hear the original curse that she finally learns how to end it. Even then, despite everything she's done, the curse remains a threat until magic, love and an unexpected encounter with a ghost end it forever.
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How did you first get published? And was that recently or further in the past?
The Frog Princess, my first book and the first story in the Tales of The Frog Princess, was published by Bloomsbury in 2002. Dragon's Breath came out the next year and Once Upon A Curse came out in hardcover the year after that (2004). It came out in paperback in 2006. After I wrote No Place For Magic, the fourth book in the series, I wrote The Salamander
Spell, the series prequel. I now count The Salamander Spell as the first book in the Tales of The Frog Princess. There are also three other book in the series - The Dragon Princess, Dragon Kiss and A Prince Among Frogs. I have two other series as well. The Wings series includes Fair Wings and Fairy Lies. The Wide Awake Princess series includes The Wide Awake Princess, Unlocking The Spell and the book that I am currently writing which is due out in the fall of 2013. I also have another book that is not related to any other coming out in the fall of 2013.
What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Was it your idea or your publisher’s?
I think e-books are fantastic! The format makes books readily available to a wider audience any time, anywhere in this digital age. Once Upon A Curse is still available in both hardcover and paperback. My publisher suggested the e-book. As I'd already had readers asking for it, I embraced the idea whole-heartedly.
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?
I see the e-book industry expanding and becoming more widely used. I don't see it taking over the print market. There will always be people who will prefer a printed book in hand. There is something to be said for being able to pull a book off of a bookshelf and thumbing through the pages to your favorite part. I do think that within the next 5 years we will see e-books being more integrated into the classroom. Knowing how to use an e-reader and knowing how to access e-books will become a necessary skill in our ever growing digital society.
What advantages of e-publishing do you think are most relevant to the children’s literature market?
The nice thing about the e-book version of children's literature is that the books can be turned into an interactive experience, especially picture books. A print book would not necessarily be interactive unless it were a pop up or specialty book.
Visit E.D. Baker online at www.talesofedbaker.com or www.edbakerbooks.com.
Today (1/19/13) E.D.'s ebook THE DRAGON PRINCESS is featured on Amazon as a Kids' Daily Deal. Got a Kindle? Grab her ebook for $1.99.
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