Saturday, April 4, 2015

Nook Readers Send IGNITE Into the Top Ten

Today's bestselling author is Sara B. Larson. She's the creator of Ignite, which hit the number 7 spot in the Kids' section of the Barnes and Noble Nook store on January 3rd. And the following week it was still in the top ten! 

Ignite is a YA fantasy set in a medieval world, and it's the sequel to Defy, which was released by Scholastic in January, 2014.

Here's the full description of Ignite:

Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson's acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion's people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy -- before it's too late?

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

I was traditionally published by Scholastic Press with my first novel DEFY in January 2014. I spent quite a few years writing book and querying agents, before I connected with my current agent. He sold DEFY within a month of signing with him and DEFY came out just over a year later. After many, many years of rejections, it was amazing to have everything come together so quickly!

Is your book available in print format? Which came first and why?

Yes it is available in both hardcover and e-book. It was published simultaneously. DEFY and IGNITE were both intended to be both print and e-book from the beginning. I like that my readers can have the option to purchase either (though I must admit, the covers are SUPER gorgeous in person, which you don't get through e-book). 

Do you think e-publishing will eventually take over print publishing? Why or why not? How do you see the world of e-publishing for children within the next 5 years?

I don't think it will, honestly. I think it is definitely a huge part of publishing now, but i think that plenty of readers still prefer to have a tangible book in their hands. They love putting them on bookshelves, opening the pages for the first time, and being able to hold it in their hands. I think e-books and print books will continue to work in tandem with each other over the next 5 years.

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