Saturday, November 15, 2014

GIRL ON A WIRE: A Top Ten Hit With Kindle Teens for Four Weeks

On September 6th Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond hit the number 3 spot in the Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store. Gwenda's book continued to hover in the top ten for three more weeks. She joins us today to talk about her e-pub success with Girl on a Wire.

First, please tell us what your book is about.

Girl on a Wire is about Jules Maroni, a sixteen-year-old daredevil high wire walker from a legendary circus family. The Maronis have fallen on hard times despite being world-class performers. When they get a chance to join the Cirque American, a show seeking to return the big top tent circus to its place of glamour and glory, Jules forces the family to take it--but things become more complicated once she gets there. Old, possibly magical items believed to possess unlucky magic begin to turn up, and she must team up with Remy Garcia, the son of a rival circus family, to find the culprit before tragedy strikes. It sits at the intersection of many of my obsessions--the circus, high wire walking, girl daredevils, classic screwball comedies (particularly the memorable heroines and romances between equals in the best ones), multi-generational family mysteries.

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

I think it's a very exciting time in the world of books. Digital publishing has opened up so many opportunities for authors, whether traditional, indie published, or both. Every new path to readers is good for writers, in my view. I've been very lucky in that the imprint team at Skyscape, my publisher for Girl on a Wire, has been behind the book every step of the way. I was absolutely thrilled when they told me that the book had been selected as a Kindle First pick for September, because I knew it would help me reach not just readers of my first two books, but hopefully a whole bunch of new ones who might not necessarily find the book otherwise. It's a little surreal to see if bounce around the upper reaches of the e-charts this month.

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

My writing schedule changes depending on what stage I'm in. At the moment, I'm doing some last edits on my next book, Lois Lane: Fallout, putting the iconic Superman character front and center of a young adult novel. It'll be out in May. Such a fun project and an honor to get to do. I'm really excited to share it with everyone. And my husband and I are also finishing up a children's novel we've been writing together. So what that boils down to is thinking about both stories a lot of the time, and working on them a lot of the time. In the midst of launching Girl on a Wire. Whee!

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?

Again, such an exciting time in publishing. It's impossible to deny that e-books are growing--and will continue to do so, I believe--for YA readers, though I suspect most of the growth so far has been in adults who read YA. I don't think that print books for children and YAs will ever go away. At least, I hope not! I believe there is plenty of room for print and e to coexist, especially in this part of the market, but that e-books also provide a real opportunity to reach people who might not wander into the YA section of a bookstore (fewer all the time, but I think still an issue for some) or who are more likely to take a chance on a new-to-them author at a probably lower price in e-book. I also think we'll continue to see a rise of teens reading in many formats, including on their phones or tablets, etc. Personally, I'm also waiting for the first book that truly uses technology in a transformative way that enhances the story experience. I don't think we've seen that yet.

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

I'm a minor twitter addict--I love the conversation of it, and how effortlessly it can connect people. So, I can be found at @gwenda, likely tweeting way too much. I also maintain a more or less up-to-date blog at my website, and I can be found on Tumblr reblogging old Hollywood and comics and literary stuff. I don't really think of any of that as marketing, just places I talk about things that are important to me...which happens to include my books. ;-)

Find out more about Gwenda and her books by checking out all  the links she provided above in the last paragraph.

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