Saturday, May 23, 2015

Supermog! A Top Ten Hit for Children in the iBookstore.

Supermog! hit the number 4 spot in the Children's section of the iBook store on February 14th. It was written by David Elvar and illustrated by Janice Carr.  David says, "We are a partnership in this project, as you will see from the answers." Let's hear all about it!

Time to pull out your synopsis skills! In a few sentences, tell us what your book is about.

Supermog is the ultimate accidental hero. He's a cat with a passion for Fish Pie, which he is constantly trying to steal. The trouble is, he always ends up saving someone in the process. It doesn't help that he wears a cape to hide his distinctive stripy fur and a mask to hide his face, both serious prerequisites when you're a thief, but they also make him look like a superhero. And that's what people end up believing.

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

Supermog is the joint creation of the author/artist partnership David Elvar and Janice Carr.

David had a long series of (albeit encouraging) rejections from various publishing houses before discovering self-publishing and the e-book format. He uploaded five children's books to Smashwords on a rainy afternoon in December 2009 and sold his first within three hours of it going live. He hasn't looked back since.

Janice is a lifelong artist who was often told that though her talent was unquestionable, she would never make a living from art. The e-book revolution has given her the chance to prove that one wrong. Being able to work in all styles ranging from cartoon to portraiture, she has at last found the outlet she needs.

Our page on Smashwords can be found HERE.

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

You name it, we use it! For example, Supermog has his own Facebook page, recently set up and written by his friend Shadwell, who relates each of Finbar's (Supermog's) escapades in the books.

He can also be found on Twitter, his user name being Supermogspage.

Future plans in social media exploitation include the setting up of a dedicated author/artist website. We need more time!

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

Illustrator Janice Carr
Now you're asking! We also have a Smashwords page dedicated to paranormal stories for the adult market for which we are currently completing a 60,000-word novel on life-after-death, but on the children's publishing side, we've just started co-authorship of the first in a series of novels aimed squarely at the teenage girl market, the stories centred round horses but with something of a paranormal twist. And illustrated, of course. This project we are particularly excited about.

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?

No, it will never replace the traditional printed book, but then, it was never intended to. This is something the doom merchants seem to forget or (more likely) ignore in their headlong rush to decry the new medium. We think children will embrace the new technology but will still want the distinct feel of a well-thumbed favourite book in their hands.

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

On this wider issue of e-publishing, there is no doubt the industry is changing. Agents and publishers now scan the best-seller list in the e-book charts then offer a traditional book deal to promising works. This is something we both hope will happen to us! All this can only be to the good: no more yea or nay from an editor on the strength of personal whim. From now on, the market will decide.

Has anyone ever asked what would have happened to Harry Potter if Bloomsbury hadn't taken a chance with a new title that, let's face it, broke every rule for publishing for that age group? And from an unknown writer? No, the e-format can only help the reader, of whatever age group. In our view, this is an exciting time to be writing/illustrating. 
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Find out more about David, Janice, and their books by visiting the links they provided above.

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