Saturday, July 27, 2013

THE OBSIDIAN BLADE Cut to the Top Ten -- And Has Stayed There For Four Weeks!

Today's featured author is Peter Hautman, author of The Obsidian Blade. His book first showed up on the Kids' EBook Bestseller List on July 6th, when it climbed to the #3 spot in the Children's section of the  Sony EBookstore. Since then, it  moved up a notch to #2 and it's still there today.  Let's hear Pete's insights on his e-pub success. 

First, tell us what your book is about.

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The Obsidian Blade is the first book of the Klaatu Diskos trilogy. It's the story of a young teen named Tucker Feye whose parents disappear. To find them, Tucker must use the mysterious portals known as "diskos" to travel backward and forward in time. The story spans time from 2000 years in the past, to 10,000 years in the future. The second book in the trilogy, The Cydonian Pyramid, continues Tucker's story, and also tells the story of Lahlia, a girl from 800 years in the future, who is traveling the diskos in pursuit of Tucker. 

How did you get published: traditionally or independently? Recently or further in the past? 

My first book was published in 1993. I went the usual route for the time, which was to start by finding an agent. That took about a year. The agent submitted my work to several publishers, which took another year and twenty-one rejections.

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

I would like to think it's because I wrote a wonderful book, but the truth is, I have no idea.

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

I do very little marketing. I have a website that hasn't been updated in months, a blog on which I post two or three times a month, and I occasionally tweet something. I don't think any of that drives sales significantly, largely because of my lackadaisical approach. Social media is a huge time suck. I prefer to spend my desk time writing my novels.

Is your book available in print format?

Most of my sales are of the print editions. In fact, all of my 26 novels are available both as print and ebooks.

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

I believe there is no question that e-books will come to dominate the market. But it won't happen until we have a $20 e-reader that is waterproof and tough enough to survive an afternoon with a four-year-old. We're probably 5-10 years away from that.

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

As much as I like e-books as a reader, I have to say that they probably harm me slightly as an author because they create a far more competitive environment. More authors are publishing more books, so the pie gets sliced thinner. Also, I fear that piracy will become a bigger problem as more readers turn to e-books. But overall, I think that e-books are a wonderful thing. I do about half my reading on my iPad. 
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Find out more about Peter Hautman, the the Klaatu Diskos trilogy and his other books at his websitehis blog or by following him on Facebook or Twitter. 

And check this week's updated  Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-books for children and teens.