Saturday, October 4, 2014

Kobo Kids Devoured MY ZOMBIE HAMSTER

My Zombie Hamster by Havelock McCreely hit the number 9 spot in the Kids and Teen section of the store on August 2nd. Havelock joins us today to tell about his path into the top ten. 

First, please tell us what My Zombie Hamster is about.

It's about Matt Hunter, a kid expecting the latest in computer game peripherals for Christmas, who instead gets saddled with a hamster called Snuffles. Who dies. Then turns into a zombie. (The Anti-Snuffles.) Anti Snuffles tries to take over the town by turning all the other pets into zombies and recruiting them into his zombie army. Matt and his best friend, a girl called Charlie, have to stop them before the outbreak is traced back to Matt's family. 

Tell us about your path to publication: Traditional or independent?

Traditional in this case. Nothing against indie, but I don't think MG sells well without the strong backing of a good publisher like Egmont. 

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

The humor and the heart. I love comedy, and I love writing it, but you need a little heart as well. Something (or someone) for the readers to identify with. 

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

So far it seems to be word of mouth and sites like EbookBestseller. I do have a Twitter account (H_McCreely) and have it open all day, so if anyone wants to come over for a chat I'll be 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 think anything that gets kids reading is a good thing. I don't know the study itself, but I don't really see how kids would be comprehending less of what they read. Reading is reading. 

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

I've always been excited about e-publishing. It's a new arena for writers to break into. I find myself reading more and more on my e-reader nowadays. About 90% of my purchases are e-books. 

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

I'm a night owl myself. So I work from about 1 in the afternoon, then carry on on-and-off till about two in the morning. I'm going to be doing edits on the second Zombie Hamster book soon. Write now I'm planning out some new ideas. We'll see how they turn out though. :-) 

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?

Mmm... hard one. I don't think so. I think it will even out. I still think kids prefer the feel or real books, and parents still prefer buying real books for their kids. That might change, but I think it will take longer than 5 years. 

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

Helps. Definitely. The ease of instant purchase is a huge benefit.

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