Saturday, August 10, 2013

Shelly Crane's ACCORDANCE: A Top Ten Success in the iBookstore.

Shelly Crane joins us today to share about her e-pub success with her book, Accordance. On July 13th it hit the number 6 spot in the Children and Teen section of the iBookstore. Accordance is the second book in her Significance series. Shelly is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, so she has plenty of wisdom and experience to share.

Shelly, what is Accordance about?

It's about a girl, Maggie, who's learning to deal with this new supernatural love she has for a good old family boy, Caleb. She thought her world collapsed and she lost everything when her mom left, but then Caleb comes in after she saves his life and shows her that life always has a plan.

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

Oh, yes! For one, people read my book! I never expected that. I'm sure that sounds strange for an author to say that, but I hadn't always thought, "I'm going to be an author some day!" Nope, never crossed my mind. I just decided one day that I had an idea and if reading was enjoyable then writing would be, too. So I sat down and got to it. And then five books later, I decided to try to publish. After going through the rejection wringer with agents, I just figured it couldn't hurt to put them out as self-published. if they were as bad as I thought since no one wanted them, then I'd just take them down later if everyone hated them. But they didn't hate them, and more and more people started to buy them. It was amazing.

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

Oh, no, absolutely not. Now, you'd be a fool not to embrace the technological world we live in, which includes eBooks. But everyone loves paperbacks, and not just in protest of eBooks. We buy our favorites and line our shelves with them. We cherish them. eBooks are a more cost effective way for people to read so that they can read more books, but they will always still love paperbacks. It just feeds the mega reader a way to read even more and still be able to afford that wonderful addiction.

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

Absolutely not. Like I said above, it makes it more cost effective. But that doesn't mean that paperbacks will go away. Reading is a better vice or time-spender than XBOX or other things kids could be doing. Before eBooks, parents and teenagers could afford one or two books a week that can now afford much more for the same price. It not only saves money and increases volume, but it also gives someone the opportunity to branch out and take a chance on books they wouldn't normally take a chance on because of the cost.

Learn more about Shelly and her books at her website or by following her on  FacebookTwitter or Goodreads

Stop back on Wednesday when we get to hear from author Maryann Macdonald. And have a look at today's updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List for all the top tens in e-format for children and young adults.