Wednesday, February 6, 2013

MY UNFAIR GODMOTHER Granted A Wish for Author Janette Rallison

My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison hit the number 8 spot in the "Children and Teen" section of the Kindle store on January 26th. Janette joins us today so we get to hear all about her path to the top ten -- a fairy tale dream come true! 

First let's hear what My Unfair Godmother is about. 

Many people wish for a fairy godmother. No one wishes for one like Chrysanthemum Everstar though. When Tansy tries to fix problems in her life through magic wishes, she finds herself in the middle ages living out the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale. She needs to use her wits, her courage, and the help of the police chief's son to find her way back home.

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

I'm sure one of the reasons that My Unfair Godmother has done so well is that so many people are familiar with fairies and fairy tales. Who hasn't wanted to have a fairy godmother at some point? (I would be ever so happy if the cleaning fairy came to stay at my house.) It's fun to revisit these tales from our childhood with a fun new twist thrown in. A good love story with a hot, brooding guy doesn't hurt either.

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

I was wary of ebooks at first because when you're at a traditional publisher there's not a good way for authors to track how many copies they've sold. You just have to take your publisher's word for it. Now that ebooks are here to stay, I think they're a godsend for authors. We can stick with traditional publishing if it works for us, but we also have the option to do ebooks if we think that would work better. I have some out of print titles from the beginning of my career that I've been able to rework, put up as ebooks, and give them a new life. It's been fun. I used to worry that I'd write a book and then wouldn't be able to find a home for it. It's not a worry anymore.

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

I have a really wide audience for my books. Although they're targeted at teens, tweens and high-reading younger kids love them too because I keep my books G-rated. I also have a lot of adult readers who appreciate humor and romance in a book. A lot of teens and adults have e-readers now so it's easy for them to find and download my books.
Find out more about Janette and her books at her website. You can also watch the book trailer for My Unfair Godmother

And stop back on Saturday for another author interview and the updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List.