Saturday, September 13, 2014

MAYBE ONE DAY by Melissa Kantor is a Top Ten Teen Favorite on Kindle

On Saturday, May 17th, Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor hit the number 10 spot in the YA & Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store. Melissa joins us today to share some of her insights on her writing and e-publishing success.

First, let's hear what your book is about.

Maybe One Day tells the story of Olivia and Zoe, two best friends since forever. When they are cut from their professional ballet school, they think it's the worst thing that will ever happen to them. But then Olivia is diagnosed with leukemia. The book is the story of Olivia's illness, but more than anything, it's the story of Olivia and Zoe's friendship. My hope is that anyone who reads the book will think of her best friend in high school and feel like I've captured that amazing, intense, beautiful relationship. 

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?

In addition to being a writer, I'm also an English teacher. And I'd have to say that kids who read assigned books as e-books definitely seem to retain less of what they've read. But in terms of reading for pleasure, when my students and I talk about books we're reading, I have no sense that the kids who read an e-book have less command of the book. We're all trading favorite scenes and characters and it seems like everyone remembers everything just fine! 

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

I do a lot of writing in the summer, which is when I really have blocks of uninterrupted time. So I usually spend the winter and spring outlining and then I write like crazy in summer. Fall's when I take my editors comments and revise. Right now, I'm just finishing the final, final, final edits on my upcoming book Better Than Perfect. It's about a girl who has the perfect life…until she doesn't. I wanted to write about someone who followed the rules because I think when you're a good girl, you're being good because you expect to get a certain kind of reward, and maybe that reward isn't quite what you'd hoped. Maybe it's more important to be happy than to be perfect.

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

This is a bit embarrassing, but I've never read an e-book. I've seen people's nooks and kindles, but I haven't tried to navigate one. So I had no strong feelings about it when my publisher told me there would be an e-book of Maybe One Day. It was almost like they were saying, "We're also going to be publishing your book on Mars." Um, okay. I do think that it's probably a good thing because there are a lot of readers who want to read an e-book, and it would be crazy to deny them the opportunity to read Maybe One Day.

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

I believe that anything that puts books into the hands of readers is good. The most important thing in terms of whether it's good for writers is if writers negotiate good, fair contracts around e-rights. I worry sometimes about some of the bells and whistles in e-books: links and things that I imagine interrupt the experience of just reading. But I am probably being old fashioned. After all, what's the difference between a link and a footnote?

Find out more about Mellisa Kantor and her books by visiting her website  or by following her on Facebook or Twitter.  You can read a two chapter excerpt of Maybe One Day at her site.

See the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-format authors and their books. It's updated every Saturday morning. This week's list has has several new authors that I haven't seen in the e-book top ten before. Of course, I'll be contacting them this week for interviews!

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