Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Shari A. Brady: Indie Author Hits the Kindle Top Ten

Shari Brady is our featured author today. Her book Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye hit the #6 spot in the Children's and YA section of the Kindle store on February 2nd. She's taken the time to share her thoughts with us about her e-pub experience.  

First, Shari, tell us what your book is about.

Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye is an extraordinary novel about one family’s struggle to make sense of their world after losing a family member to addiction. Through sixteen-year-old Carmella’s eyes, we witness the courage and strength it takes to overcome the consequences of grief, guilt and co-dependency.

With conviction and determination, Carmella shows us what can happen when we’re open to love, feel the pain of our loss, and have the courage to accept the truth of our lives.  
Tell us about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

I decided to self publish last year when I saw how the industry was changing. I felt there was great opportunity for writers to finally be in control of their destiny. I am glad I made this decision because the book has taken on a life of its own, inspiring teens and their parents to open up and talk about difficult subjects. The book has already won numerous awards and is being used by therapists and drug treatment counselors as a communication tool.  

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

My target audience are teens aged 13 and up and they are all about digital devices. Having my book available on a "reader" makes my work more accessible to them and speaks to their lifestyle.

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

My book is available in print and all my books will always be available in print as well as e-book. I released my book in print and e-book at the same time. I believe books should be available to the reader however they enjoy reading. I know I personally read some books on digitally and sometimes I want to curl up on the couch with my print book.

 Do you think e-publishing will eventually take over print publishing? Why or why not?

My opinion is books will be like movies. We can watch movies almost anywhere now but there are still movie theaters. I think people will always want to hold a book in their hands. I think for children, e-publishing will grow because children are becoming increasingly focused on e-formats. The fact that some schools are providing all their students with an iPad says something about where e-publishing is going.

Shari kindly supplied links so you can purchase her book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever e-books are sold. Note that for the month of February only, the e-book version is available for only 99 cents!

You can find out more about Shari Brady and her books, and sign up for her blog posts at her website. Or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.