Saturday, May 18, 2013

FYRE by Angie Sage: A Nook Bestseller for Kids (Of All Ages!)

On April 20th, Fyre by Angie Sage showed up on the Kids' EBook Bestseller List when it hit the number 4 spot in the Kids' section of the Barnes and Noble Nook store. Fyre is Book 7 in Angie's popular Septimus Heap series. She joins us today to share her thoughts on her e-publishing experience.  

Let's start by finding out what Fyre is about.

Fyre is the last book in the Septimus Heap series and it is, I hope, where things finally come together and many questions are answered. It begins with Septimus getting ready to serve a month as apprentice to the recently re-instated Castle Alchemist. But given the old enmity between the Castle Alchemists and Wizards, this is not going to be an easy month. Add into the mix Septimus’s oldest brother, Simon, plus couple of particularly unpleasant Darke Wizards and a ancient ExtraOrdinary Wizard ghost who is not all he seems and you can see that it will be an interesting time for Septimus. And don’t forget his adoptive sister, Jenna, who is about to become the Castle Queen. And a beautiful creature, half boat, half dragon. And a few lively pebbles into the bargain. It all happens in Fyre! 

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

My path has been traditional. When I began writing it was the only option. I do think it is very interesting right now, to have other possibilities. But I think I would have still tried for the traditional first. 

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

I have written Septimus Heap for all ages. You can begin reading it about age eight or nine and just carry on. I guess the main group of readers are early teens, but then I do get a lot of feedback from young—and not so young!—adults too.

I suspect the e format is bought by the older readers, my impression is that the younger ones still like to have a book in their hands. And HarperCollins does go to a lot of trouble to make the Septimus Heap books really lovely objects in their own rights. 

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

I do see e publishing is just another way of getting the story out there. The only reason for being at dubious about it is, I suppose, the possibility of illegal downloads. But apart from that, why not? I just want to get Septimus out there to as many readers as possible and e publishing is a great way of doing it.

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

So far there’s been nothing unexpected! 

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

I don't see why the two cannot run along in parallel. They both have different advantages: e publishing for ease of carrying the thing around with you and immediate access too. But if you truly love a particular book I think you will always want to own a hard copy. So I suspect that books will become more special as objects to collect in future—especially in their hardback editions.  

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? How? 

I see it as a neutral thing. Neither helps in particular nor hurts. Just another way of doing things. And anything that makes it easier for people to read seems good to me.

You can find out more about Angie and her books at the  Septimus Heap blog,  the Septimus Heap Facebook pageAngie's Facebook page or by following her on Twitter.

See the updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List, updated every Saturday morning, for the top ebooks for kids and young adults.