Diary of a Real Payne: True Story is the first book of the Real Payne trilogy. Book #2 is Church Camp Chaos, and the third book, Oh Baby, is due to be released on September 1st.
First let's hear the "true story" about Diary of a Real Payne: True Story.
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How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.
The marketing team at Barbour Publishing has done a great job helping me get the word out through strategic book reviews and blogs by educators, children’s book reviewers, and homeschool families. EJ has her own Facebook page where she (with a little help from me) posts lots of great information about book releases, book signings, as well as additional diary entries from EJ and fun contests where we give away great prizes! The Facebook page has been a great place to send readers (each book has an ad page in the back for the site), and I’ve gotten some great feedback from moms, dads, grandmas, and kids there!
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 know kids as young as 6 who have read the Diary of a Real Payne series on an e-reader, so as far as I can tell, kids will enjoy reading on whatever platform (print or digital) is available to them! Oftentimes some of the formatting of kids books is lost through an ebook conversion process (for example, in this series, EJ’s handwriting font doesn’t convert to the ebook, so readers see her diary in a regular text font but can still see many of her doodles on the pages), so that’s one layer to the experience that printer readers have the advantage. But when it comes down to it, a good story is a good story, no matter the format!
What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?
The Diary of a Real Payne series is simultaneously released in both a print edition and a digital ebook edition, so readers can take their pick on how they want to experience the stories. So far, the vast majority of readers have picked up the print edition and ebooks only account for a small percentage of sales, which is not surprising to me. But on the flipside, I am glad that readers have the ebook option, and I would love to see that really take off for the series.
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?
I believe we will continue to see growth in ebooks for kids and young adults, but I also think print editions will remain an important part of children’s publishing. The fact is that parents and grandparents and teachers and babysitters and friends want to share favorite, beloved books with kids – and those (physical) books will continue to be given as gifts and shared together for many years to come. I also know many parents who want their kids to learn to love reading on the page first, before making the transition to an e-reader.
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