Saturday, May 16, 2015

META: A Super Hero Novel, Super Popular with Kindle Teens

On February 14th, Meta by Tom Reynolds hit the #2 spot in the Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store. Tom's book a young adult science fiction novel with a super hero theme. He joins us today to tell us all about his book and his top ten success.

First, tell us what your book is about.

Meta is about a world where superheroes once existed, but haven’t been around for a decade. The story is told from the viewpoint of Connor, a 16 year-old who lives with his older brother after their parents were killed in the last big metahuman battle. One night he attempts to save a girl's life and wakes up to find the first new pair of metabands anyone has seen wrapped around his wrists, but soon after he learns he’s not alone.

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

Both of my books were independently published. Meta was released in November of 2013 and The Second Wave came out in October of 2014.

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

I was extremely fortunate to have an audience already with the comedy podcast that I co-host called The Complete Guide to Everything. While Young Adult Science Fiction probably doesn’t sound like the first thing you would write if you have a following from doing comedy, I tried to inject humor into the books wherever I could. Ultimately I set out to make the type of book I would have loved reading as a teenager just as much as I would have now.

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

I think so many people of all ages are interested in Young Adult Science Fiction now so I really just tried to make the book and its characters as accessible as possible. Making the book available as an ebook and keeping the cost down just makes it that much easier to impulse buy.

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

My writing schedule is all about striving for consistency. I target 1,500 words per day, every weekday, no matter what. There are times where I’m stuck and hitting that target takes forever, but it’s an obtainable goal so I’m usually able to stick with it long enough.

Right now I’m finishing up a draft of a sci-fi mystery novel, then it’s on to a novella and book 3 from the Meta series.

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

I wouldn’t be an author right now if it weren’t for ebooks. The speed and ease of publication made it all possible. Especially for authors writing in a series it’s a huge help I think. When a reader finishes a book they can move onto the next one with a tap or two instead of having to drive to the bookstore and hope that it’s in stock.

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