Saturday, March 28, 2015

SEVENTH SON: Four Weeks in the Nook Top Ten for Kids

Internationally best selling author Joseph Delaney joins us today. His book, Seventh Son, hit the #4 spot in the Kids' section of the Barnes and Noble Nook store on January 17th, and it stayed in the top ten for three more weeks. 

Seventh Son contains Book 1, Revenge of the Witch and Book 2, Curse of the Bane, of Joseph's Last Apprentice series (called The Spook's Series in the U.K.) It was released as a major motion picture in the U.S. on February 6th, and in the U.K. on March 27th.

His books come with a warning: Not to be read after dark!

First, tell us what Seventh Son is about.

The world of the County is plagued with dark forces: ghost, ghasts, boggarts and witches. John Gregory, the Spook, has fought the dark for many years but he is growing older and he needs to find someone to succeed him. So he begins to train Tom Ward, who is a seventh son of a seventh son and has certain gifts, such as the ability to see and talk to the dead and some immunity against witches. But will he be brave enough to stand and face the dark?

How did you get published: traditionally or independently?

I spent over ten years being rejected. Finally, my agent found me a publisher for ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’. So my approach was traditional.

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

The series has over thirteen books and the international readership has slowly grown. Of course, the film has recently helped to increase sales.

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

I have my own website,; using the site I invite and answer readers’ questions and also blog keeping readers up to date. There are also publishers’ websites, (in the UK and USA) pictures on Instagram, reviews on Goodreads and a dedicated Facebook site.

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?

I think the book is the important thing and e-books and print are just alternative ways of accessing text. But from my own experience, I am aware that I read a lot faster when using a Kindle.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Was it your idea or your publisher’s?

It was an initiative by my publisher but I was very interested. I want to use every available format and device possible to reach readers.

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

I am working on a brand new series called ‘Arena 13’ This is Science Fantasy and far different that the world of the Spook. I write full-time now and complete two books each year. At one time I used to get up a 6 am and write for an hour before going to work.

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 e-publishing will continue to grow but rather more slowly. It could exceed print publishing but it will never totally replace it. People like to hold books and to build libraries of books collecting their favourite items to be displayed on shelves.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? How?

At the moment it doesn’t hurt. But there are big questions to be asked. When somebody buys an e-book is that an extra purchase – something that would not have been bought otherwise? Or is it a replacement for a print book and is the author receiving less for the sale? There are also issues of piracy. I recently discovered a site where some of my books could be read for free. That can’t be right. Writing is a job like any other and if you work you deserve to get paid.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults? How?

I don’t think the e-format hurts my readers in any way at all. It may help some of them a lot. Some may enjoy reading in e-format whereas they would never dream of picking up a print book. For them it is natural to read alongside other activities such playing games, watching films or interacting within social media.

Learn more about Joseph Delaney and his books his website, the Harper Collins website (where there are book-related games, contests and quizzes), or by following him on Facebook or Goodreads.

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