Saturday, November 9, 2013

EVERTASTER: Kids With Kindles are Gobbling It Up!

Back on September 21st, Evertaster by Adam Glendon Sidwell hit the number 3 spot in the Children's and Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store. Adam has had a full schedule since then, including a book tour. But he didn't forget my request for an interview, and he's here today to share about his e-pub success.

Let's start with a description of your story, Evertaster. 

When eleven-year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother’s casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city they meet a dying pastry maker. In his last breath he entrusts them with a secret: an ancient recipe that makes the most delicious taste the world will ever know — a taste that will change the fate of humanity forever.

Forced to flee by a cult of murderous chefs, the Johnsonvilles embark on a perilous journey to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves. Along the way they discover the truth: Guster is an Evertaster — a kid so picky that nothing but the legendary taste itself will save him from starvation. With the sinister chefs hot on Guster’s heels and the chefs’ reign of terror spreading, Guster and his family must find the legendary taste before it’s too late.

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

I don't think anyone's reading my tweets, but if they do, they'd find out that Evertaster can make them happy! I get connected to a lot of people on Facebook and in person at signings, and that's really great, because with social media, we can continue that conversation further, and we can be friends. I like to hear what the kids think about my books, and also meet them later again at signings. Kids sometimes get so nervous, when their parent nudges them up to the signing table. But they always have fun once they've got a signed book in hand.

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

My book is also available in print. When it first launched, Evertaster claimed a spot on the top 100 Overall Bestseller List for print books. The ebook came shortly thereafter, through the efforts of Trident Media Group, the Agency that represents me.

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

I'm not sure yet about that. So far, I sell about 10 print books for every one of my ebooks. Perhaps as e-readers are passed down to kids in greater numbers, we'll see a shift in that. For me, I like the idea of being able to post links to youtube videos inside my books, or even to that one gif of the two legged horse if I feel like it.
Find out more about Adam and his books at the Evertaster website or by following him on Facebook. And you can find more top ten authors for children and young adults on this week's Kids' EBook Bestseller List.