Saturday, July 20, 2013

Kendare Blake: A Top Ten Author in the Google EBookstore

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake made it to the Kids' EBook Bestseller List on June 29th and again on July 6th. She hit the number 8 spot both weeks in the Juvenile category of the Google ebookstore. Today we get to hear all about Kendare's story--her fiction story about Anna, and her true-to-life story of how she became a bestselling ebook author!

Kendare, first tell us what your book is about.

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Anna Dressed in Blood is the story of a teenage ghost hunter named Cas Lowood. He's been in the game a number of years now, using his father's special athame (ceremonial knife) to kill the ghosts who seek to harm the living. When he hears about Anna Dressed in Blood, the spirit of a girl who was murdered in 1958, he sets out to kill her, too. Unfortunately, she's much stronger, and more complicated, than any other job he's faced so far.

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

I don't know. This is a real mystery. Anna Dressed in Blood came out in August of 2011, so I had no idea it was popping up on charts now. Thank you for bringing it to my attention! It made my day. Maybe readers are hearing about the possible movie produced by Stephenie Meyer. Maybe people just want some bloody ghost hunting in the summertime. Maybe it's a mistake and they're buying it by accident. Whatever the reason, I couldn't be happier that people are connecting with Cas and his peppy gang of ghost busters, and of course, with tough, tragic Anna.

How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.

I hang out on Twitter @KendareBlake, and on Facebook, and update (bi-monthly if I try very hard) at my blog: kendare-blake.livejournal.com. I love talking to readers and writers and bloggers and random weird folk. It's a great way to be able to connect with people without seeming too creepy. I can ask Joe Hill a question! I can ask Anne Rice a question! They probably won't answer me, but I don't have to feel weird about asking! It's so much easier asking someone what they're reading on Twitter than in the middle of the street. Maybe it shouldn't be that way, but there you go.

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

I don't think it will take over. I think the two formats complement each other. An e-reader makes it so much more convenient to carry around a lot of books. I would've loved to have my college textbooks loaded up on an ipad. But I love books and bookshelves too, and I recently had an e-reader die on me, and that was a hard loss of books.

Also, with e-readers constantly improving, a lot of picture books can just be beautiful in electronic format. And there's more possibility for interactivity.

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

I don't know about other readers, but I know it both helps and hurts me. It makes it very convenient to shop for books. It's easy to go nuts buying ebooks, and I love that. That helps. However, I notice sometimes that I don't read as carefully on an ereader as I do if I have an actual hard copy in my hands. I'll get to the end and realize I missed something. Or find it harder to become immersed in the first place. So I don't think I'll ever switch over to 100% reading electronically.
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Learn more about Kendare and her books by using the links I included above. You can also check out her website, where you'll find the trailer for Anna Dressed in Blood.

And take some time to peruse the new Kids' EBook Bestseller List. It's updated every Saturday morning to give you all the latest top tens in the top stores. Thanks for stopping by!