Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sweet Reckoning: Three Sweet Weeks in the Nook Top Ten for Kids

On May 3rd, Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins hit the number 1 spot in the Kids' section of the Barnes and Nobel Nook store. Her book went on to stay in the top ten for two more weeks. 

Wendy is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, and Sweet Reckoning is the third book in The Sweet Trilogy. Welcome to the blog, Wendy!

First, can you tell us what your best selling book is about?

The Sweet Trilogy (Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, and Sweet Reckoning) is about the children of demons, and the unfortunate works they are born to do on behalf of their evil fathers. The books are ultimately a love story, following Anna Whitt (a half-angel/half-demon) and Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust as they try to rid the earth of the demons and gain their freedom.

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

My Sweet Trilogy books are traditionally published over the past three years, and I've also independently published another YA fantasy called See Me in March of this year. Both journeys were vastly different - both had their positives and negatives - and overall I enjoyed both paths!

Sweet Evil was "discovered" by a HarperCollins editor after I posted the story on their online site for teen writings, Inkpop. So, even my traditional publishing story is untraditional, haha. Overall, I can honestly say the internet has been good to me. (The site has since been sold to Figment.)

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

Truly, word-of-mouth has been my biggest ally. Even though the books are with a big publisher, the marketing budget for my books is low, so I rely on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and reviews posted to online retailers for publicity. Readers are amazing, always wanting to spread the word for books they love. It's a huge blessing to us authors!

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

As an author the benefits far outweigh the downfalls. We receive a higher profit for ebooks than paper books. The only problems I've seen with ebooks are the rampant pirating and returning ebooks for full refunds after they've read it - both of which are abuses of the system, in my opinion. But ebooks are the way of the future, and we need to be flexible and open to these changes. I'm a fan of both ebooks and physical books. Books in any form rock. :)
Find out more about Wendy and her books at her website, or by following her on Facebook,  Twitter, or Goodreads.

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