Saturday, March 30, 2013

Yellow Star: Shooting to New Heights in E-Book Format

I first saw Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy on the Kids' EBook Bestseller List four weeks ago, on March 9th, when it hit the #5 spot in Amazon's "Childrens and Young Adult" section. It got as high as #1 last Saturday, and today it's still sitting nicely at #2. And as you can see at Jennifer's website, Yellow Star has received quite a few honors, awards and starred reviews. Jennifer joins us today to tell us about her book and her successful e-pub experience.

Tell us what your book is about.

“Yellow Star” is the true story of my Aunt Sylvia, who was one of only twelve children to survive the Lodz Ghetto during the Holocaust. Her story is a stunning look through a child’s eyes at the daily life, the heartbreak, and the miracles that took place in Lodz, Poland in World War II.

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 anyone who is interested in the Holocaust, WWII, or anyone who wants to be blown away by an incredible, TRUE story. The e-format works, because it allows a huge number of readers – of all ages and locations – to have the opportunity to learn about “Yellow Star” and to decide if it is a good read for them, their kids and/or friends.

As you got into e-publishing, have you discovered unexpected things? Has anything happened that you wouldn't have predicted?

As my books became e-books, I have discovered how much fun the online reading community is! Getting immediate feedback, responding to readers’ e-mails, and having my book covers and reviews show up in unexpected places has made being an author more interesting and enjoyable than ever!

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 do not think e-publishing will take over print publishing. Just as TV didn’t “kill off” radio, I believe that e-books and books can co-exist. There’s a place for both, and there are readers for all kinds of media.

I have to say, my favorite places are libraries and bookstores so I’m rooting for them to be around a long time. But books are meant to be read, and technology has just given us more choices of formats in which we can read them. 

I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb to predict that the world of e-publishing for children will grow considerably in the next five years. And, as an author/e-author, I feel very lucky to be part of it!
Learn more about Jennifer Roy and her books at her website. And have a look at today's Kids' EBook Bestseller List for the latest top tens in e-format for children and young adults.