Saturday, April 27, 2013

STORY'S END: A Nook Book Success For Marissa Burt

Today's featured author is Marissa Burt. On April 13th, her book Story's End hit the number 9 spot in the Kids' section of the Barnes & Noble Nook store. It's the sequel to her debut fantasy, Storybound. Both books are for middle-grade readers, and both got great reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Welcome, Marissa!

First let's hear what Story's End is about.

When Una Fairchild stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, she finds herself Written In to the land of Story—a world filled with Heroes and Villains and fairy-tale characters.

Together with her new friend Peter and a talking cat named Sam, Una digs deep into Story's shadowy past to find out why she has been Written In. She quickly realizes that she is tied to the world in ways she never could have imagined—and it might be up to her to save it. 

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

Without question I think Harper's promotional push to give away my first book, STORYBOUND, in e-format during release week boosted the sale of STORY'S END. I think readers who otherwise might never have picked it up quickly snagged the freebie and, as a result, were drawn to STORY'S END. 

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Was it your idea or your publisher’s?

I am a big fan of anything that will get good books into the hands of readers, so I think e-publishing is a great option. I was happy when my publisher let me know STORYBOUND and STORY'S END would be released in e-format and hardcover, with paperback versions to follow a year later.  

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

This is a tough one. I am a Luddite at heart, and a book-loving one at that, so I have a hard time imagining a world without print books. That being said, I see the incredible value of e-publishing in its ease, cost-effectiveness, and accessibility. I also think e-readers will prove invaluable in the classroom and will quickly replace much of traditional textbook publishing. But novels? I'm not so sure. As a reader, I tend to read all sorts of books on my kindle, but I inevitably purchase my absolute favorites to have in print form on my shelves. There's just something about being able to scribble notes all over the margins and hand an actual copy off to a friend that's very satisfying.
Find out more about Marissa Burt and her books at her website, her
blog, or by following her on Twitter or Facebook

And have a look at the updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List. You're sure to find more compelling books for children and young adults.