First, Teri, tell us what your book is about.
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Tell us briefly about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?
I am traditionally and independently published. My first novel, Read My Lips, was published from Simon Pulse in 2008. There was a long stretch until Born of Illusion came out in 2013. Then I had four books come out in 2013! (I write adult historicals under TJ Brown) I independently published a companion novella to my adult series.
What top factors do you believe put your e-book where it is now?
It was a Kindle Daily Deal, which made the book sky rocket up to #1 in teen historicals. I think it helped get the book in front of people's faces.
How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.
I am on Twitter and Facebook. I did a lot of marketing for Born of Illusion including having a makeup designer design an exclusive eye shadow palette for the book.
Some studies say children reading e-books are reading more, while other studies say they comprehend less of what they read. What’s your opinion or experience?
I ran a teen book club at a low income community center for several years and my girls all read regular books as none of them had an e-reader at that time. I think that has changed now. I'm not sure why there would be a comprehension difference… reading is reading, right? But I have not seen the studies, so I can't know for sure.
What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?
I write YA and adult so my target audience is all over the place. I think as e-readers come down in price and phones get more sophisticated, teens will have more and more access to eBooks. Kids and young adults take very quickly to technology. I don't think they will completely replace hardcopies, but they are definitely a force.
What are you working on now?
I just turned in my third YA book for Balzer+Bray, a book called Velvet Undercover….think spy girls in WW1. I am working on a new YA horror proposal, as well as an adult historical.
Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author?
Oh, I believe it helps. Especially with teens!
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