Saturday, March 14, 2015

ENSNARED by A.G. Howard: A Top Ten Hit in the Books-a-Million Store

On January 3rd, Ensnared, by A. G. Howard hit the #7 spot in the Kids and Teens section of the Books a Million e-book store. On her website, Anita says she "always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage." That wondering led her to write her Splintered series. She joins us today to talk about her e-pub success, complete with a timeline of her path to publication.

Tell us what your book is about.

Ensnared is book three in the Splintered Series, my contemporary, gothic spinoff of Alice in Wonderland. In this final installment, Alyssa Gardner (Alice Liddell’s great-great-great granddaughter), ventures into AnyElsewhere—the violent and dark looking-glass world—to rescue her loved ones and defeat the vicious and maniacal Queen Red who has placed Wonderland under an evil spell.

How did you get published? Traditionally or independently? Recently or further in the past?

I went traditional, which meant finding a literary agent to send out my manuscripts to publishers. I started searching for an agent with the first book I wrote, nine years ago. It took me writing three more books to get my first agent, and another three books after that to get my first publishing contract. Here’s a timeline with dates for a bird’s eye view of my journey:

• March 2006 started querying my first novel. After 100 or more rejections, trunked it and wrote two more books.

• July 2007, started querying my third novel and worked on the fourth one while it was out.

• May 2008, signed w/my first agent on my fourth novel. She submitted the novel for one and a half years while I finished books five and six, which she turned down for being too fantastical.

• December 2010, left Agent One after she wanted me to take the fantasy out of my seventh book, Splintered, my YA Alice in Wonderland spinoff. Started querying new agents immediately.

• February 2011, signed with my present agent who loved the fantasy aspect of Splintered.

• August 2011, went to auction and signed with Abrams for my Splintered Series.

• January 2013, first book of the series, Splintered, hit the shelves.

Is your book available in print format? Which came first and why? How did your e-book come about?

Yes, my publisher always releases books in hardback and ebook format at the same time. After the hardback has been out for a year, they’ll release the paperback version.

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

My publisher sends me to events, and also does several campaigns online, but it takes a lot of work from the author’s end, too. An author has to establish a presence online if they want to get the word out and interact with fans. I have twitter, tumblr, a FB author page, a website, a blog, a GoodRead's author page, a YouTube account, an Amazon author page, and a pinterest board. I'm most active on my twitter, tumblr, GoodReads, and FB. For me, those four seem to be easier to balance. I interact with book bloggers and host a lot of giveaways and contests to get a buzz going about upcoming releases. There is a more detailed marketing strategy on my website HERE.

You can learn more about A. G. Howard and her books by visiting all of her social media hangouts mentioned above. Here are the links:  
Website, Blog, Twitter, GoodReads, FaceBook, Tumbler, YouTube, Pinterest, and her Amazon Author page

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

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