First let's hear what Clark the Shark is about.
Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and BOOM! He zooms through the classroom and is rowdy at recess. Clark loves life — but when his enthusiasm proves too much for his friends, Clark’s teacher, Mrs. Inkydink, helps him figure out how to tone it down.
Tell us about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?
I started self-publishing back in the ‘90s, before digital books, and moved into conventional publishing in 2000 with the debut of my Chet Gecko Mysteries series. Including my self-published work, I’ve now got over 35 books out there, which continues to amaze me.
What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Was it your idea or your publisher’s?
It was my publisher’s idea, but I was completely on-board. It only makes sense to offer books in different formats.
What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?
Although I sometimes revise in the mornings, I write every afternoon from lunch until dinner. 4-5 hours is about the limit of my brain freshness. Right now I’m working on the third book of a middle-grade series that debuts next year: The Monstertown Mysteries.
Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? How?
I believe the e-format helps authors. What’s most important is the story, not the format — after all, story is story, whether it’s told around the campfire, printed in a book, or appearing on a digital device. So if some kids prefer reading e-books and my work appears in that format, it just helps my tale reach a wider readership. And that’s a good thing.
Learn more about Bruce and his books by visiting his author website. He also has a separate site for a series he wrote, School for S.P.I.E.S. You can also follow him on Twitter.
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