Saturday, April 12, 2014

SHADOWS OF THE REALM Moves Into the Top Ten Spotlight

Today we get to hear from Dionne Lister, the author of Shadows of the Realm. On March 22nd,  it hit the #3 spot in the Amazon Kindle Children's section. Shadows of the Realm is the first book in Dionne's "The Circle of Talia" fantasy series. Let's find out about her books and her electronic-format success.

Dionne, first tell us what Shadows of the Realm is about. 

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Bronwyn and Blayke are two teenager realmists studying to become members of The Circle-an elite group of those who can draw power from the Second Realm. Over a thousand years ago, the distant evil cousins of the dragons, the gormons, were banished to Third Realm after a hard-fought war. But now they've found a way back and want to destroy all that Browyn and Blayke hold dear. The realmists and dragons must work together to save their world from impending annihilation. But with Drakon, the dragon god, keeping secrets, and King Edmund's brother betraying them, their chances of survival hang in the balance.

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

I firmly believe that my professionalism and hard work has put my ebook where it is now. I made sure to get the most amazing cover I could (I've always loved fantasy covers that tell a story), and my book has been edited and polished. I guess I can't leave out that I promote it on social media every day.

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

Initially I wasn't sure how popular it would be, but when I realised how many people read ebooks and how accessible it was, I jumped at the chance. I was definitely excited and hopeful when I first pushed the 'publish' button on my first ebook. E-publishing has created an incredible opportunity for readers to access books - anytime, anywhere - and it's given authors a way to directly access readers. It's such a relief that traditional publishers aren't the only ones who get a say in what is available to read now. There is such a wonderful diversity to what readers can access now, and that is all thanks to e-publishing.

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

Nothing unexpected as far as the publishing process, but personally, I've had so many exciting things happen that I could have only dreamed about. I've spoken at the Sydney Writers Festival, attended book signings, had my book reach the #1 spot on ibooks and amazon. The other thing I've discovered that I didn't expect, is how supportive other writers are. Authors are such a helpful, generous group of people and I've made some life-long friends because of e-publishing.

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

My writing schedule can be all over the place, depending on what else I have on (I also work as an editor and copywriter and am finishing a creative writing degree). Last year I released two books and I plan to release two more this year. I'm currently writing the third and last book in The Circle of Talia series. At the moment I'm writing a minimum of 1000 words a day so I can meet my June editing target and July release date. There isn't a specific time of day that I write - morning or night works for me. I'm also writing a standalone fantasy which I hope to release next year, and a woman's fiction that will also be released towards the end of this year. 

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?

Ha, this is such a tricky question. I think the world of e-publishing will continue to grow, with more younger people using e-reading devices to read books. With children immersed more and more in technology every day, it will likely exceed print publishing for non-picture books until the technology improves (picture books are still nicer, in my opinion, in print). I don't think it will ever replace print publishing because physical books look good on shelves and feel good in the hand, although I've been wrong before :). As long as young children's books are printed, the children will carry an affinity to print books into their older years, so I think print books will stay around, but in a reduced capacity. 
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Find out more about Dionne and her books at  her blog, by following her on Twitter or by liking her on her Dionne Lister Facebook page. Check the latest updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten authors for children and teens!