Saturday, December 14, 2013

Marlayna Glynn Brown's Memoir is a Top Ten Hit With Kindle Readers

On November 23rd, author Marlayna Glynn Brown hit the number 7 spot in the Children's and Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store with her memoir, Overlay: The Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas. Overlay is the first book of her completed trilogy. Marlayna is described as "an award-winning, best-selling nomadic memoirist, photographer, actress and yogi." She joins us today to talk about her book, her life, and of course, her e-pub success.

What is your book is about?

Overlay: A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas is ultimately a tale of survival. Hailed as the 'best suicide prevention tool ever created,' Overlay tells the story of a young girl's trials during her childhood and teen years growing up in Las Vegas. In an existence fraught with abuse, neglect and challenges, the protagonist manages to draw upon her inner strength and not only survive but build a happy, successful adult life.

 Tell us briefly about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

I published independently after unsuccessfully trying to land an agent after two years of effort. This self-forged path turned out to be ideal as I have total control over my work now, including marketing, sales and promotion.

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

Intense, regular, daily marketing efforts combined with a well-written book. 

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

I promote this book, and my 6 others every single day. I interact on a very personal level with readers on my personal and business facebook pages, as well as by email and Skype. I've met some wonderful new friends this way! I also avail myself of a variety of websites, blogs and such that promote authors. Lastly, I invest in two advertising programs: Bookbub and eReaders - both of which significantly boost sales.

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

I write about 12 hours per day. Right now I am working on three books: a travel memoir about my first six months abroad, a book about the next year spent taking my father's ashes around the world, and my first fiction book: a collection of short stories tied together by a single thread.
Learn more about Marlayna and her books at her website or by following her on Facebook. And check the latest Kids' EBook Bestsellers List for the top ebooks to load that new ereader or tablet under the tree!