The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg was released on September 1st. The following Saturday when I compiled Kids' EBook Bestseller List it was already in the #7 spot in the Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store. And it continued to stay in the top ten for six more weeks!
This book is the first in Charlie's Paper Magician series, and the second book is due for release on Tuesday, November 4th. The title is The Glass Magician.
Charlie, tell us what your book is about.
The Paper Magician is about a recent graduate from a rigorous magic prep school who winds up in an unwanted apprenticeship enchanting paper. Just as she starts to like her tutor, however, his heart gets literally ripped out and she has to get it back before his paper replacement fails.
What top factors do you believe put your e-book where it is now?
The #1 factor is the fact that The Paper Magician was a Kindle First selection for August 2014. That helped immensely. Letting people download the book for free (or discounted if they didn’t have Amazon Prime) got the book into a lot more hands, in and out of my target audience. It got the word spreading!
#2 is probably the promotional emails Amazon sends out multiple times a month. I’ve received several that had The Paper Magician at the top of the fantasy listing. The book is also currently an ad on Kindle.
#3 is likely Twitter. Twitter encompasses a wide range of people, and the hashtags let me reach out to even more.
What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?
My schedule is a little off the wall. I write when the baby sleeps, which usually means an hour or so in the morning, and an hour or so in the afternoon. The longer the nap, the more productive I am!
Right now I’m working on an adult romantic fantasy currently titled Charms of the Soothsayer, which is basically a love triangle between a diviner, a gorgon, and a eunuch.
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 think it will continue to expand, especially with the growing use of tablets. It’s a great way for kids especially to interact with technology without playing a video game.
In the next five years, no, I don’t think ebooks will supersede print publishing. I hope they never do—there’s something special about paper books. That, and you never have to worry about the battery on a paperback going dead. ;)
Learn more about Charlie and her books by visiting her website or by following her on Goodreads or Twitter. Also check out her blog post about the release of The Glass Magician, which includes a giveaway on Goodreads!
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