Wednesday, February 27, 2013

When Summer Ends: From Wattpad to iPad

Author Isabelle Rae joins us today. Her book, When Summer Ends, was #2 in the "Children and Teens" category of the iBookstore on February 10th. Then it was back last Saturday at #4. Let's hear about her book and how she found e-pub success as an independent author. 

Isabelle, what's your book about? 

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 ‘When Summer Ends’ is a forbidden romance novel. Chloe Henderson, a seventeen year old High School student, uses a fake ID to gain entry to a club. It’s there that she meets the handsome and alluring bartender, Will Morris. The pair hit it off immediately and sparks fly. After spending the summer with him, she returns to school only to find out that Will is her new Calculus teacher… It’s a tale of love, heartbreak, friendship and rivalry.

Tell us about your path to publication: traditional or independent? 

When I made the final decision to publish I knew the self-publishing route was the one I was going to take. I’d read articles about how hard it is to find a literary agent, and how the odds are kind of stacked against you from the start because of how many submissions they received each week. The thought of sending out manuscript after manuscript to agents was a little daunting, and not something I really wanted to get in to. I had heard of someone through a friend of a friend that had used Smashwords for publishing, so I looked into it. After reading up on independent publishing and what was involved, I decided to take the plunge and give it a go. After all, I had nothing to lose at all from it! 

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

When I first started writing I put my book on an amateur writing and reading site called Wattpad. It was there that I built up a steady following and fan base. In fact, my book had racked up over ten million reads on the site before I decided to take the plunge and publish it independently. I truly believe that my wonderful readers at Wattpad were the key to my success. 

When I published When Summer Ends I announced on my profile that it was available to purchase if my readers wanted their own copy. Once it was published it hit the top of the charts in four countries in the iBookstore in the first couple of weeks. My wonderful fans at Wattpad purchasing it made it enter the charts, and that then made it possible for other people to find my story. I guess word spread from there! Also, I think a great cover is important too. The person who made my cover, Mollie, is a friend from Wattpad. A great cover can catch the attention of readers and draw them in so that they read the description of a book.  

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

When Summer Ends is aimed at late teens, predominantly girls because of the romance base in the storyline. I love that the e-format is getting so popular at the moment. As technology grows and it seems that every teenage girl has access to some sort of e-reader, all be it iBookstore, Kindle, Nook or some other device, it’s easier to reach the target audience. As time goes on it seems that technology plays a huge part in children/teens’ lives, and I think this will only grow as the technology evolves even more. I love how a book is now just at the touch of the screen. Books in this format are so much easier to carry around, which is why I feel the e-format demand is growing so quickly. It has undoubtedly made it easier for me as an author to reach my desired reader! I think the e-book market will just get stronger and stronger as time passes.  

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

As I said above, my followers at Wattpad were the ones that gave me the initial boost into the charts; from there people just seemed to find my book on their own. I do have Facebook, and I’ve recently set up a twitter account (though I have no idea what I’m doing on there yet!) but I don’t actively advertise on there for sales. 

I have been incredibly lucky with regards to promotions that I’ve been included in. Mark Coker from Smashwords, the site I used for my e-publishing, has been a tremendous asset to me, nominating my book for Apple promotions as they come up. Recently I was included in two in the USA, ‘Breakout Books’ and ‘Readers Favourites’, both of these promotions ran at the same time and the extra advertising from Apple gave my book a huge boost in sales and propelled When Summer Ends to number 2 in the US iBookstore chart a couple of weeks ago. I have to say a massive thank you to Mark and his team at Smashwords who have championed my book with promotions that have obviously attributed to my success. Also to Apple who have been such a huge supporter of Indie authors. Their support makes all the difference, and for that I am incredibly grateful. 
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You can get to know more about Isabelle and her book at Wattpad or by following her on Facebook or Twitter.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tracie Puckett: 2 Books in the Top 10 at the iBookstore

On February 9th Just A Little Embrace by Tracie Puckett hit the number 8 spot in the "Children and Teen" section of the iBook store. Then the following week she had two books on the list: Just a Little Embrace at number 9 and All Good Things at number 10. Tracie has taken the time to share her e-publishing experience with us.

First, let's find out what your book is about.

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Just a Little Embrace is the second part in a series of young adult novelettes. It picks up immediately where Just a Little Crush (Part 1) left off. In the first part of the series, Julie is required to job shadow Officer Lucas Reibeck as part of her senior project; he is young, handsome, and a little too stubborn. The two of them initially butt heads during their first ten hours on patrol, but as the story progresses, Julie develops a minor crush on her mentor.

 In Just a Little Embrace, Julie’s job shadowing project switches gears; she’s no longer on patrol with Luke, but spending her early mornings in exercise training. And as they’re thrown together for more and more hours, Julie’s feelings toward Luke only grow deeper. But things are complicated. Luke doesn’t seem the slightest bit interested in her, and the new guy in town is throwing himself at her feet. And when ghosts from her past come back and threaten her safety, Julie is forced to learn a lesson about the brevity of life and love.

How did your book get published: Traditionally or independently? Recently or further in the past?

I spent my high school years writing poetry and songs, and while I’d always hoped to pursue some type of career in the music industry, my heart kept calling for something bigger. I wrote many short stories as a teenager, but the first piece of writing I ever shared publicly was a one-act play (performed by a group of students at my alma mater). I loved being the person behind the script—I loved orchestrating the elements of a story and molding characters. So, I set out to write my first book right out of high school. In January 2012, I independently published The New Girl (Webster Grove). Fourteen months later, I have nine books available exclusively online.

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

Like every other decision in life, there are major risks that come with writing and publishing independently. One of those risks includes the fact that a writer may never find their audience. While I know this route has its share of naysayers, I’m a major advocate for the “free” marketing tactic. I believe that readers are more apt to take a chance on someone they’ve never heard of if they’re not financially invested in that decision. So I offer the first book in each series for free. If they like what they read, awesome!!! If they don’t, all they’ve invested is a little time. I wholeheartedly believe that this tactic is what helped me find and build an audience; readers took a chance on me, and they’ve played a major role in getting my e-books where they are now.

And while readers have definitely fueled the sales, I owe a lot of the credit to Mark Coker and everyone over at Smashwords—they were the real game changer for me! My e-book sales were dead in the water before I started publishing there. And what did I learn from that experience? Smashwords is a godsend for Indie authors.

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

I never expected this kind of response.

I never dreamed that one of my stories (let alone all of them!) would fall into any kind of bestselling category. I was thrilled to find an audience in America, but I was shocked when things took off on a global scale. Being named an Apple Australia Breakout Author has been one of the coolest parts of this experience so far!

But the best part has truly been the response from readers. I value and respect their opinions more than life; they’re the ones making this happen! I am thankful for every comment, suggestion, and email that comes my way. I never imagined that readers would be so involved in this process, that they’d vocalize exactly what they want from me (and from a story). They never leave me guessing; I always know what their expectations are. I love that I’ve developed some great relationships with people I’ve never met! This response is something I could’ve NEVER predicted!
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Find out more about Tracie and her books at her website, or by following her on Facebook or Twitter. And, as usual, the Kids' EBook Bestseller List has been updated this morning. Have a look for all the top tens in the top stores.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Kissing Booth: Five Weeks (So Far) In The Top Ten

Beth Reekles has been on the Kids' EBook Bestseller List every Saturday since January 19th. Her book, The Kissing Booth has held the number 2 spot in the "Children's and Young Adult" section of  EBooks.com. Especially interesting is that Beth may be my youngest guest so far -- she's 17. I'm excited to share her e-book success story! 

Time to pull out your synopsis skills! In a few sentences, tell us what your book is about. 

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The Kissing Booth follows the story of Elle - sixteen years old and never been kissed. She and her best friend, Lee, are doing a kissing booth for their school's Spring Carnival. It seems like a great idea, until Elle ends up having her first kiss there... with none other than Noah, Lee's older brother. Noah and Elle have never got on well, but there's no dny that there's something between them when they kiss. Elle can't bear the idea of hurting Lee by dating his older brother, and so there seems to be only one solution: keep her relationship with Noah secret. But when their stolen kisses aren't so secret anymore, Elle is in danger of losing not only her best friend - but also the guy she's so determined not to fall for.

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

I first started posting my stories chapter by chapter online, to a website called  Wattpad. The Kissing Booth had phenomenal success on the website, reaching over 19.2 million reads, and winning a website award for Most Popular Teen Fiction. In October 2012 I was then contacted by an editor (now my editor) from Random House, who was interested in signing me up to publish The Kissing Booth - and voila! By December 2012, I was officially a published author, with The Kissing Booth available as an ebook, and out in paperback April 2013.

 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 teenage girls, and as far as I'm concerned, having my book available on ereaders is a great way for my audience to access it. Most teenagers nowadays have some type of smart phone, or a tablet device, which makes it so easy for them to download ebooks, whether it's on a Kindle, or on their iPod Touch. 

 What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?

Having grown up in a society where young people are using technology more and more, I didn't really think it was anything unusual that my book would be available as an ebook. Ereaders and other devices like iPhones that enable people to read ebooks seem to have become a fairly substantial part of the book market now, and whilst I firmly stick to buying printed books where I can, I suppose in a way, I take epublishing for granted. It's so accessible now that I was rather neutral when told my book would be available first as an ebook. I think I would have been a bit shocked if my book weren't an ebook, quite frankly!
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You can learn more about Beth by following her on Facebook or on Twitter. And stop back every Saturday to see the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List

Saturday, February 16, 2013

THAT BOY: That Book is a Nook Teen Bestseller

On January 26th author Jillian Dodd made the Kids' EBook Bestseller List by taking the number 5 spot in the Teen section of the Barnes & Noble Nook store. Her book, That Boy, was a hit with readers, and she's here today to tell us how it all happened.

Jillian, first tell us what your book is about.

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That Boy is really about falling in love with your best friend. Jadyn, Phillip, and Danny are best friends. The story starts with Jadyn getting engaged to one of boys. Then the book goes back to follow Jadyn along on important moments in her life that involve the boys. From first kiss to prom date, to college roommates, to engagements. Through the fun times and the sad times, they stay friends. And one of them is the boy she will fall in love with. It's sort of a modern day fairy tale. I think it's important for young girls to know that if you choose the right boy, you can have your own happily ever after.

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


Social media is how That Boy has gotten discovered by readers. I'm active on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.. I have a really fun blog that a team of contributors post to 4 times a week. You can write the most amazing book ever, but if no one reads it, no one knows about it. Social media has helped many self-published authors connect with readers. I also think readers love that accessibility to send you a quick tweet and tell you they liked your book and boom, you reply.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Were you hesitant? Excited? Apprehensive? Optimistic? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it? 


I think every author has apprehensions about sharing their stories with the world. I would say I was all of the above. Thrilled to be able to say I actually wrote a book. Then that I published it. And now that it has sold and people are reading it and loving it. Initially, That Boy was rejected by numerous agents, but looking back, I'm not surprised. I had no clue what I was doing. Query letters and synopsis writing is harder than writing a book, in my opinion. My husband read an article in the Wall Street Journal about self publishing and encouraged me to do it. I'm extremely happy it worked out that way for me. Since then, I've published another three books and will publish 3-4 more this year.

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


That Boy is available in print format. The ebook came out first, with the paperback following, but all of my other books have released with both paper and ebook version simultaneously.

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


I think that the publishing industry is going through changes much like the music industry went through a few years ago. I have always been a very avid reader with an addiction to hardcover books. Which meant I was always carting a large, heavy book around with me if I wanted to read. Now, all my books stored on an app in my phone. My phone is always with me, so that means I am able to read more. With font changes, elderly people can read easier. And how great is it to travel with just your phone or e-reader and have all your books right there? I definitely see e-publishing will overtake print. I know that I don't buy CDs anymore. I buy songs and keep them on my computer or phone. I think people will continue to buy paperbacks, but from what I can see based on my readers, is that they want signed copies of their favorite books as sort of a collector's copy. 

I also think you are going to see more and more hybrid authors. Authors that both self publish and traditionally publish. I have a publishing company called Bandit Publishing. We just released our first book, Forever My Girl, by debuting author Heidi McLaughlin, which hit the top #100 on both Amazon and B&N, as well as the USA Today's best seller list just three weeks after it's release. Because I know how difficult it is to get noticed, I'm hoping to help other authors achieve success more quickly than they could on their own.
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Check out all the links I included above, as well as Jillian's website to learn more about her and her books.  And don't forget to have a look at this week's updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List. You might find a new favorite author!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Shari A. Brady: Indie Author Hits the Kindle Top Ten

Shari Brady is our featured author today. Her book Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye hit the #6 spot in the Children's and YA section of the Kindle store on February 2nd. She's taken the time to share her thoughts with us about her e-pub experience.  

First, Shari, tell us what your book is about.

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Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye is an extraordinary novel about one family’s struggle to make sense of their world after losing a family member to addiction. Through sixteen-year-old Carmella’s eyes, we witness the courage and strength it takes to overcome the consequences of grief, guilt and co-dependency.

With conviction and determination, Carmella shows us what can happen when we’re open to love, feel the pain of our loss, and have the courage to accept the truth of our lives.  
 
 
Tell us about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?


I decided to self publish last year when I saw how the industry was changing. I felt there was great opportunity for writers to finally be in control of their destiny. I am glad I made this decision because the book has taken on a life of its own, inspiring teens and their parents to open up and talk about difficult subjects. The book has already won numerous awards and is being used by therapists and drug treatment counselors as a communication tool.  

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

My target audience are teens aged 13 and up and they are all about digital devices. Having my book available on a "reader" makes my work more accessible to them and speaks to their lifestyle.

Is your book available in print format? Which came first and why?

My book is available in print and all my books will always be available in print as well as e-book. I released my book in print and e-book at the same time. I believe books should be available to the reader however they enjoy reading. I know I personally read some books on digitally and sometimes I want to curl up on the couch with my print book.

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

My opinion is books will be like movies. We can watch movies almost anywhere now but there are still movie theaters. I think people will always want to hold a book in their hands. I think for children, e-publishing will grow because children are becoming increasingly focused on e-formats. The fact that some schools are providing all their students with an iPad says something about where e-publishing is going.
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Shari kindly supplied links so you can purchase her book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever e-books are sold. Note that for the month of February only, the e-book version is available for only 99 cents!

You can find out more about Shari Brady and her books, and sign up for her blog posts at her website. Or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Farwalker's Quest: Climbed to #3 on Kindle

On January 26th, The Farwalker's Quest by Joni Sensel was a Kids' EBook Besteller. It reached the number 3 spot in the Children's & YA section of the Amazon Kindle storeThis award winning book is the first in the Farwalker Trilogy. Joni joins us today to share the story behind her book and its e-pub success. 

Let's start with hearing what The Farwalker's Quest is about.

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Twelve-year-old Ariel lives in a decaying world that's never recovered from a devastating war. When she and her friend Zeke stumble on a mysterious object left over from a high-tech world that has passed, they're swept on a dangerous journey with only a kidnapper and a ghost as their guides. Ariel has to rely on hidden instincts to solve a dangerous riddle, reveal a legendary treasure that can help her world heal — and discover the truth about her own skills and fate. The Farwalker's Quest was named a Bank Street Best Book and a Cybils Award Finalist.

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

It's a twisty path that continues to involve both traditional and independent publishing. To make a long story short, I started a small press and self-published two hardbound, environmentally themed picture books more than a decade ago. Those books did well, including winning a national award, but they helped me realize I'd rather write than publish. So I went on to have four novels traditionally published, including THE FARWALKER'S QUEST. Although the last two of those books were part of a trilogy, my publisher wanted to stop there. So I published the third book of Ariel's story, THE SKELETON'S KNIFE, myself. That brought me full circle, although things have changed immensely since my first go at what's now being called indie publishing.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Was it your idea or your publisher’s? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?

My traditional publishers have taken the lead in e-publishing my novels, but I've been excited to see them do that. I think it's great to make stories as available on as many platforms as readers want to use, and why would we want to skip one that's so easy to do? I'm all for experimenting, anyway.

Since the situation is completely different with the third book of my trilogy, I think I'm getting the full spectrum of the e-publishing experience, ha! I really appreciate the opportunity to finish that project and make that book available to readers — with editing and cover support, which I hired, but with full control over the final product, which is both challenging and satisfying. Since my reasons for e-publishing that book had little to do with sales and more to do with closure and being able to wrap the story up for readers, my expectations were minimal. As a result, sales have exceeded my expectations rather considerably, which has been fun. I'm likely to try it again in the future.

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

 My books have sold more e-version copies than I would have guessed, given that my audience is middle-grade readers, and they're generally not as likely to own an e-reading device as older teens or adults. I suspect my titles may be selling mostly to adults in that form, but I have no way to know — and reviews online seem to indicate that some of those e-readers are kids. Which is pretty fun. I'm sure the numbers of kids with e-readers will grow every year. And it certainly doesn't matter to me how people read my work; I'm happy to have readers of any age. If somebody wants to code THE FARWALKER'S QUEST into a telling dart (something found in that story), fine. ;-)

Is your book available in print format? Which came first and why?

Yes, all my novels are available in print, and since most of them are traditionally printed, print came first in every case except for my fifth novel, which was published simultaneously as a print-on-demand and e-title.

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

The e-format is new, and like most new things, it's going to have some growing pains. And the book industry as a whole is undergoing pretty major changes. I do have concerns about the continued ability of authors to be compensated for the zillions of hours we spend on our books, as well as the ability of readers to find quality books they'll enjoy in the increasing volume of choices that the e-format helps to make possible. But generally, I think new formats only help to bring stories to more people, in more places, and at more times.

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

I'll leave the debate to experts. That said, I think the possibilities in school and other educational settings are pretty exciting. And just as I'd personally take an e-reader on vacation, for instance, the technology seems like a great fit for the backseat of the family car—a lot easier than loading up the footwells with books!
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Get to know more about Joni and her books at her website or by following her on Facebook.

See today's updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten authors in electronic format.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

MY UNFAIR GODMOTHER Granted A Wish for Author Janette Rallison

My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison hit the number 8 spot in the "Children and Teen" section of the Kindle store on January 26th. Janette joins us today so we get to hear all about her path to the top ten -- a fairy tale dream come true! 

First let's hear what My Unfair Godmother is about. 
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Many people wish for a fairy godmother. No one wishes for one like Chrysanthemum Everstar though. When Tansy tries to fix problems in her life through magic wishes, she finds herself in the middle ages living out the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale. She needs to use her wits, her courage, and the help of the police chief's son to find her way back home.

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

I'm sure one of the reasons that My Unfair Godmother has done so well is that so many people are familiar with fairies and fairy tales. Who hasn't wanted to have a fairy godmother at some point? (I would be ever so happy if the cleaning fairy came to stay at my house.) It's fun to revisit these tales from our childhood with a fun new twist thrown in. A good love story with a hot, brooding guy doesn't hurt either.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?

I was wary of ebooks at first because when you're at a traditional publisher there's not a good way for authors to track how many copies they've sold. You just have to take your publisher's word for it. Now that ebooks are here to stay, I think they're a godsend for authors. We can stick with traditional publishing if it works for us, but we also have the option to do ebooks if we think that would work better. I have some out of print titles from the beginning of my career that I've been able to rework, put up as ebooks, and give them a new life. It's been fun. I used to worry that I'd write a book and then wouldn't be able to find a home for it. It's not a worry anymore.

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

I have a really wide audience for my books. Although they're targeted at teens, tweens and high-reading younger kids love them too because I keep my books G-rated. I also have a lot of adult readers who appreciate humor and romance in a book. A lot of teens and adults have e-readers now so it's easy for them to find and download my books.
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Find out more about Janette and her books at her website. You can also watch the book trailer for My Unfair Godmother

And stop back on Saturday for another author interview and the updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Good News for GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: It's a Kindle Best Seller!

On January 19th Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack hit the number 5 spot in the "Children's and Young Adult" section of the Amazon Kindle store. Let's hear Jeff's insights on electronic publishing and his e-book success.

First, Jeff, tell us what your book is about.

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Good News Bad News is about two friends who go on a picnic. The rabbit, an optimist, sees everything that happens as good news. The mouse, a pessimist, sees everything as bad news. One outrageous event connects to the next, until it's impossible to tell who has the right attitude. Their friendship is put to the test as each struggles to understand the other's point of view.

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

I wrote and illustrated my own book in 1998 and showed it to a dozen publishers. It didn't get published, but it helped me get work illustrating other authors' books. The first two came out in 2003. Gradually, my own books started getting published beginning with Hush Little Polar Bear in 2008. I've written and/or illustrated 25 books in the past 10 years. You can find them on my website: www.jeffmack.com

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

I think the book has done well because it has something valuable to say about the nature of friendship and our ability to choose our attitudes and reactions to events. It says it in a simple and entertaining way that people of all ages can relate to. As a result, it was selected for Amazon's Kids' Kindle Daily Deal.

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

The print format came first. I designed my book to be a 3-dimensional object with 9 x 9 inch printed pages. I created the illustrations in mixed media, and sent the final images in a digital format after checking it against several rounds of printed proofs. Together with my editor and designer, I carefully considered the way the front and back jacket, the end papers, and the end flaps would enhance the story. The books are beautifully bound and printed on heavy stock.

I don't know how the e-book came about. Someone else was in charge of that.

Do you think e-publishing will eventually take over print publishing? Why or why not? How do you see the world of e-publishing for children within the next 5 years?

I doubt it will completely take over printed picture books. I look to other forms of entertainment for clues about the future of picture books.

For example, digital media eliminated inferior music formats like 8-tracks and cassettes, but it never completely got rid of vinyl because enough people value the good sound quality and the large artwork.

Personally, I enjoy printed picture books more than e-books because they are usually bigger and come in a variety of shapes. I also like holding books and being surrounded by piles and shelves of them. It has nothing to do with convenience or cost. Just feeling.

In five years, there will be even more competing entertainment options for kids. I'm sure E-books will be one of those options.

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

Since I've designed all of my picture books for print, the e-book format has not yet affected the way I write or draw. But I plan to consider the format when I design my next chapter book. If there's an interesting and meaningful way I can use it to help tell my story, I'll give it a shot. But I'm not sure how I'll autograph it at a school visit.

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

The format neither helps nor hurts anyone. Even though I prefer printed books, I don't think the format is as important as the content. Ultimately, the responsibility rests with parents, teachers, and librarians to discover quality books and introduce kids to meaningful ideas regardless of how they are packaged.

What advantages of e-publishing do you think are most relevant to the children’s literature market?

Here's one relevant advantage I can think of: If a teacher downloads an e-book, maybe they could project it onto a big screen so that it's easier for their entire class to read along with them.
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As Jeff mentioned, you can learn more about him and his books at his website. I thought the 20 Questions page was especially interesting. You can also follow him on Twitter @jeffmackbooks. 

See today's updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-format authors for children and young adults. There's always someone new showing up. Thanks for stopping by today!