Saturday, February 21, 2015

WHERE YOU'LL FIND ME: Found in the Top Ten for Nook Teens!

Author Erin Fletcher joins us today to talk about her debut novel for young adults, Where You'll Find Me. On November 1st, it reached the number 4 spot in the Teen section of the Barnes and Noble Nook store. We get to hear all about it!

Erin, first tell us what your book is about.

Where You'll Find Me is about a girl named Hanley who discovers a teenage guy living in her garage. Hanley isn't sure which is worse: harboring a fugitive, or falling in love with one.

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

Back in 2012, I participated in an online writing convention called Write on Con. On a whim, I entered the convention's Twitter-style pitch competition. One of the judges was editor Heather Howland from Entangled publishing. She liked my pitch enough to request the full manuscript. Once she read it, she made my dreams come true by offering me a publication contract! Entangled is a traditional publisher of romance novels for teens and adults.

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

My target audience is teens (age 14+). I think the e-format works for them for two reasons: 

1. Teens' book buying budgets tend to be limited. It's much easier for them to spend $0.99 to $3.99 for an e-book than $9.99 or more for a print book. 

2. It's convenient! Teens seem to be fused to their smart phones and tablets, which means they can always have e-books at hand.

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

When Entangled suggested e-publishing, I was both apprehensive and optimistic. Apprehensive because I wasn't sure how many people actually bought e-books, but optimistic because I hoped teens would love the format. For the most part, it's been a good experience. Sometimes I don't feel like I'm a "real" writer because my book isn't in print, but then I pinch myself and remember that this isn't just a dream. People are reading my book. That's as real as it gets! 

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

I have a full-time job, so a lot of my writing gets done on the weekends. As often as I can, I also get up and write with the #5amWritersClub on Twitter before going in to the office. Right now I'm working on a contemporary YA novel about a girl who wins the lottery. I'm enjoying writing it, and hope I get to share it with readers!
You can learn more about Erin and her book at her blog or by following her on Twitter.

See the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-format authors and their books. It's updated every Saturday morning. 

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