Saturday, March 1, 2014

18 THINGS by Jamie Ayres Found Success in Kindle Format

Today's featured author is Jamie Ayres. Her book, 18 Things got all the way up to  the number 5 spot in the Children's and Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store last Saturday. It's the first book in a trilogy, followed by 18 Thoughts and 18 Truths. She calls her books, "YA coming of age love stories with a paranormal twist." 

Jamie, tell us what your book is about.  

Seventeen-year-old Olga Worontzoff is falling apart after the death of her best friend, so her therapist gives her an assignment: Complete 18 tasks before the end of her 18th year — but there’s more to the list than Olga ever expected.

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

I teach middle school Language Arts, so I write at night after the youngest spawn goes to bed around 8pm. I usually devote three hours to writing, then unwind with an hour of reading. When I'm meeting deadlines or when the muse mojo is flowing on the weekend, I've been known to forget about food and showering (eww gross, right?) . . . I'm currently working on the last installment of the My So-Called Afterlife Trilogy: 18 Thoughts: Olga Gay Worontzoff left the Underworld anxious to return to normal, but fate had other plans; now she’s caught in a world that’s a mix of familiar and supernatural, torn between past and present.

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? Do you think it will ever exceed or replace print publishing? 

Oh, I LOVE the Magic 8 Ball! I think the world of e-publishing for children and young adults over the next 5 years will become much more interactive. My publisher has already started experimenting with clickable tweets and Facebook Status updates at the end of some book chapters on the Kindle version. Since young people inhale video games, I think publishers will start building games, scavenger hunts, and hidden Easter eggs (for extra book content, etc) as a way of enticing young people to read more. Do I think it will ever replace print publishing: My sources say no ;-)  

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

Helps for sure! When I'm out and about and complete strangers learn I'm an author, the first thing they usually do is whip out their smartphone while asking me the title of my book so they can download the novel instantly! Also, there is loads of marketing magic to be found in Kindle Daily Deals, BookBub Bargains, and the like!

Learn more about Jamie and her books  by visiting her website or by following her on Facebook or  Twitter.  And check out this week's updated  Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten authors and their books. You might find a new favorite!