Saturday, January 10, 2015

TEN: A Top Ten Hit with Teens in the Nook Store

Today's featured author is Gretchen McNeil. Her e-book, TEN, rose to the top ten in the Barnes and Noble Nook store on September 13th.

TEN is an award winning horror/suspense story. It was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth, and was nominated for "Best Young Adult Contemporary Novel of 2012" by Romantic Times. Thanks to Gretchen, we get to hear all about it.

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Gretchen, let's start with what your book is about.

Ten teens trapped on an island with a serial killer. (How's that for short and sweet?)

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


I went the traditional route: wrote a book, failed to get an agent; wrote another book, got and agent, but failed to sell to a publisher; wrote a third book and landed a book deal with my current publisher! That was five books ago, which seems so insane to me. A lot of hard work, a lot of revising, a lot of heartbreak along the way.

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

TEN is a YA novel that appeals to both boy and girl readers, with a gender neutral cover that has really contributed to its success. The book has gotten a lot of love from both independent booksellers and librarians, and I am so grateful for their support.

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?

Not being an educator, I won't comment on reading comprehension levels. But I can say that every royalty statement I see a higher percentage of my sales from ebooks. Ebooks are easier - and cheaper - than most hard copies of books, and I think anything that keeps people reading is a good thing.

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

I write for young adults and it was thought that teens won't take to e-readers as quickly as adults. Wrong! Teens love to have books on iPads, tablets, laptops, and phones. I can't even count how many e-reader cases I've been asked to autograph at signings!

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Learn more about Gretchen and her books at her website and her blog, or by following her on Twitter or Facebook.

See the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-format authors and their books. It's updated every Saturday morning. And check back next week when my featured author will be Richard Farr.

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