Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Kissing Booth: Five Weeks (So Far) In The Top Ten

Beth Reekles has been on the Kids' EBook Bestseller List every Saturday since January 19th. Her book, The Kissing Booth has held the number 2 spot in the "Children's and Young Adult" section of Especially interesting is that Beth may be my youngest guest so far -- she's 17. I'm excited to share her e-book success story! 

Time to pull out your synopsis skills! In a few sentences, tell us what your book is about. 

The Kissing Booth follows the story of Elle - sixteen years old and never been kissed. She and her best friend, Lee, are doing a kissing booth for their school's Spring Carnival. It seems like a great idea, until Elle ends up having her first kiss there... with none other than Noah, Lee's older brother. Noah and Elle have never got on well, but there's no dny that there's something between them when they kiss. Elle can't bear the idea of hurting Lee by dating his older brother, and so there seems to be only one solution: keep her relationship with Noah secret. But when their stolen kisses aren't so secret anymore, Elle is in danger of losing not only her best friend - but also the guy she's so determined not to fall for.

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

I first started posting my stories chapter by chapter online, to a website called  Wattpad. The Kissing Booth had phenomenal success on the website, reaching over 19.2 million reads, and winning a website award for Most Popular Teen Fiction. In October 2012 I was then contacted by an editor (now my editor) from Random House, who was interested in signing me up to publish The Kissing Booth - and voila! By December 2012, I was officially a published author, with The Kissing Booth available as an ebook, and out in paperback April 2013.

 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 teenage girls, and as far as I'm concerned, having my book available on ereaders is a great way for my audience to access it. Most teenagers nowadays have some type of smart phone, or a tablet device, which makes it so easy for them to download ebooks, whether it's on a Kindle, or on their iPod Touch. 

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

Having grown up in a society where young people are using technology more and more, I didn't really think it was anything unusual that my book would be available as an ebook. Ereaders and other devices like iPhones that enable people to read ebooks seem to have become a fairly substantial part of the book market now, and whilst I firmly stick to buying printed books where I can, I suppose in a way, I take epublishing for granted. It's so accessible now that I was rather neutral when told my book would be available first as an ebook. I think I would have been a bit shocked if my book weren't an ebook, quite frankly!

You can learn more about Beth by following her on Facebook or on Twitter. And stop back every Saturday to see the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List