Saturday, June 8, 2013

Anatomy of a Best Seller: Daria Snadowsky Tells All

Today we have a double-header! Author Daria Snadowsky had two books on the Kids' EBook Bestseller List last week. Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Single Girl hit the number 2 and 3 spots respectively in the Children's and Teen section of the store. And this week, they've both bumped up a notch to take the number 1 and 2 spots! Daria's here to tell us about her books and her success in electronic format.

First let's hear what your books are about. 

Inspired by Judy Blume’s Forever…, the ANATOMY books are all about firsts: First love, first time, first heartbreak, all set against the backdrop of graduating from high school and transitioning to college. Through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Dominique, we see how relationships can be both emotionally euphoric and devastating, and physically exhilarating and awkward. Even though young love is wonderful and fun, it presents extremely serious choices.

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

The target audience are girls ages 14 to 19. For those who own e-readers or have library access to computers, the e-format works great, especially since most e-reader platforms permit e-book lending. And for those who prefer reading hardcopies, they can usually find the book either at their local library or through interlibrary loan.

Is your book available in print format? Which came first and why? How did your e-book come about?

ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND first came out only as a hardcover. The following year the publisher released it as a paperback and as an e-book. But by the time ANATOMY OF A SINGLE GIRL was released, e-books were more prevalent, so the publisher decided to release it as an e-book the same day as the hardcover. The paperback will be published next year.

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 think e-publishing is already taking over print publishing. Accessing e-books is just so much quicker and more convenient than trekking to a bookstore. As for children’s publishing, I have to imagine more e-books will incorporate animation to supplement the text and illustrations. After all, children’s e-books have to compete with pop-ups and scratch-and-sniff books.

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

I think the e-format can only help any author’s books find an audience, especially now that so many people do their reading on tablets. The only real pitfall of e-books is that they’re more vulnerable to being pirated and distributed for free online.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults? How? 

E-books tend to be cheaper than hardcopy books, so that’s fabulous for young adults whose only pocket money may come from an afterschool job. Anything that increases access to books is a positive.

Find out more about Daria and her her books at her website, or by following her on Facebook or Twitter. You can even play the Build Your Own Boyfriend game!

Don't forget to check this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller List to see Daria in that oh-so-hot top spot, and to find more super books for your tablet!