Saturday, October 25, 2014

THE WARRIOR HEIR: A Top Ten for Teens in the Kindle Store

On August 30th, The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima hit the number 3 spot in the Children's section of the Amazon Kindle store. Cinda is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, and she has won a wide variety of awards for her books. The Warrior Heir is the first book of five in The Heir Chronicles series. 

First, please tell us what your book is about.

The Heir Chronicles are a quintet of contemporary fantasy novels for teens involving five magical guilds: Warriors, Wizards, Sorcerers, Seers, and Enchanters, collectively known as the Weir. The five guilds hide in plain sight all over the world, although their interguild struggles sometimes spill into the public view. Wizards are the most powerful of the guilds, and have reigned over the others for centuries. This is the story of how all that changed. The Enchanter Heir and The Sorcerer Heir are two late additions to the series, focusing on a group of guild members whose magical powers have been damaged by a magical catastrophe. They are magical mutants, in a way, who persist as shades when they die. Sort of X-Men meets The Walking Dead.

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

All of my novels have been published by Hyperion, a traditional publisher. My forthcoming novel, The Sorcerer Heir, is my ninth. I've been publishing a book a year since 2006. In addition to the five Heir Chronicles novels, I've published a high fantasy quartet known as the Seven Realms series. For me, finding the right agent was the key to attracting the notice of a publisher.

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

The Warrior Heir has been a steady seller since it launched in 2006. As the first novel in the series, sales jump whenever a new installment in the series is released. It didn't hurt that the ebook went on temporary sale last week to promote the launch of The Sorcerer Heir. That's a great thing about ebooks--they make it possible to run a promotion like that.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

My primary audience is teens, but I also have many adult readers. While more and more teens have access to e-readers and smart phones, I suspect that a portion of my ebook sales go to adults. The great thing about ebooks is that they are so accessible. A reader who finishes one book in a series doesn't have to wait to get hold of the next one.

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

I'm excited about any format that gets books into the hands of readers. I read mostly print novels myself, because I spend a lot of time in bookstores. But I'm happy to read e-books, audio books, print books--just keep 'em coming.

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

Right now I'm working on new novels set in the Seven Realms world. On a normal day, I generally write until mid afternoon, then have lunch and begin working on emails and business. I think it is important for all writers to determine their best writing time and do what they can to spend it writing.

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

The only possible harm I see is the potential for increased piracy by people who fail to realize that what they are stealing is the work that we authors do. That has value, whether you can hold it in your hand or not. Otherwise, it's all good. 

Learn more about Cinda and her books by visiting her website or by following her on FacebookTwitter, or Goodreads.
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