Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kindle Teens Kept SUGAR in the Top Ten for Months!

Sugar, by Deirdre Riordan Hall, hit the number 1 spot in the Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store on May 2. Then it proceeded to stay in the top ten for TEN more weeks, through July 11th. This story is contemporary fiction for young adults. Deirdre joins us today to talk about her e-publishing experience and the success of her book in e-format.

First, tell us what your book is about.

For seventeen years, Sugar has been told she's too much, yet not enough. Through an empowering friendship, she learns she's more than a worthless daughter, an annoying sister, and the target of the senior class prank; Sugar discovers hope is indomitable and so is she.

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

I wrote several young adult manuscripts, but they weren't published before I detoured into independent publishing with my new adult series titled, Follow your Bliss over the course of 2014. In the middle of my that year, I was contacted by Skyscape Publishing with interest in SUGAR. I jumped in with both feet, becoming a hybrid author. Although writing NA is a lot of fun, YA is my literary home and I'm so fortunate to call Skyscape Publishing my family.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?

As I mentioned above, I embarked on e-publishing as an indie, so I was familiar with the process, pleased with the widespread availability, and enthusiastic about SUGAR being available to people with e-readers. SUGAR will also be available in paperback and audio book (read by the fantastic Tara Sands) on its general publication date of 6/1. All in all, I feel optimistic about e-publishing, but am very grateful to have had a team of people doing the formatting this time around! For the Follow your Bliss series, I was a one woman show, on top of writing, so although independent publishing provides a great opportunity to get books out there, going with a traditional publisher also means I have more time to write.

As you got into e-publishing, have you discovered unexpected things? Has anything happened that you wouldn’t have predicted?

When I started as an indie-publisher, I discovered an amazing community of writers, readers, and bloggers who were surprisingly supportive and helpful for those of us newbies. As a hybrid author now, I appreciate the connection with my online friends whose careers I've watched bloom and grateful that I had their support while I was starting out.

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

I firmly believe in the adage, writers-write, so I'm a Monday-Friday, nine-to-fiver. Although, since I have flexibility in my schedule, sometimes that fiver gets pushed to eight or midnight if I have to rearrange things when the non-writing life calls. And as you can probably imagine, the bonus, writing-related activities like social media, promotion, blogging, and interviews all get penciled in there too.

I just finished the rough draft of a young adult ms, today in fact! (*Doing a little celebratory dance!) But I'll soon be diving into revisions on my next YA project, PEARL, to be published by Skyscape in 2016.

Time to pull out your Magic 8 Ball: Do you think e-publishing will ever exceed or replace print publishing?

I think it will continue to succeed, but as for it replacing print publishing? Who knows, maybe they'll invent another format that will take its place before then. Lol.
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