Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fledging by Nicole Conway: Holding Strong for the Fifth Week in Amazon's Kindle Store

On Saturday, November 9th,  I saw Fledgling, by Nicole Conway hit the number 4 spot in the Children's and Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store. Here we are five weeks later and all that time it's been the sitting strong in that number 4 spot! Fledgling is the first book of what Nicole is planning to be a trilogy, called The Dragonrider Chronicles. Let's hear about her book and its e-publishing success.

Nicole, first tell us what Fledgling is about. 

Jaevid Broadfeather has grown up as a wartime refugee, hiding from the world because of his mixed racial heritage. He feels his future is hopeless, until a chance encounter with a wild dragon lands him in Blybrig Academy—a place usually forbidden to anyone but the rich and royal. But Jaevid’s case is special; no dragon has voluntarily chosen a rider in decades, so the proud riders of Blybrig must begrudgingly let him join their brotherhood despite his bloodline. Lieutenant Sile Derrick, a sternly tempered man with a mysterious past, becomes his instructor and immediately takes a peculiar interest in Jaevid’s future. While struggling through the rigorous physical demands of training, things begin to go awry. Jaevid witnesses the king’s private guards kidnapping Sile in the dead of night. When none of the elder riders are willing to help him, Jaevid begins a dangerous adventure to save his instructor. 

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

My target audience is 4th-9th graders, but I have become aware that a lot more adults are reading my work than I ever expected. Not that this is a bad thing--it was just a surprise! I believe e-format has made my book more readily available for adults looking for something light, fun, and fast-paced to read.

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

Everything that has happened with FLEDGLING has been completely unexpected. I anticipated my old fans and readers might pick it up . . . but to be on a bestselling list? That was a complete shock, and I am extremely humbled and grateful. 

What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

Right now I'm working on the sequel to FLEDGLING, titled AVIAN. I hope to have it ready for print this summer. I have three volumes planned in all for this series, and am very excited to get them all finished. 

Time to pull out your Magic 8 Ball:  How do you see the world of e-publishing developing for children and young adults over the next 5 years? 

I'm not sure it will ever fully replace print publishing, but I do see e-publishing on the rise. Kids and young adults are so adaptable to new technology, and with e-book apps now available for so many devices, it's become incredibly easy for them to get their hands on new publications. 

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

I definitely think e-format helps authors, especially new ones like myself who can't seem to get a foot in the door with the "big dogs." At least, it's certainly helped me. My experience has been that people are generally a lot more willing to take a chance on reading an e-book that costs only a fraction of what a printed book would cost them in a retail store. It makes them more willing and likely to try out books by authors they haven't heard of before. 
Learn more about Nicole and FLEDGLING at her website, or by following her at the Fledgling Facebook page and on Twitter.  And have a look at the updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List where you'll find Fledging still in the number 4 spot, along with many other top ten books.