Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sean Fay-Wolfe: Quest for the Top Ten with QUEST FOR JUSTICE

On October 24th Quest for Justice by Sean Fay-Wolfe hit the number 4 spot in the Kids' section of the Barnes and Noble Nook store. Quest for Justice is book 1 of 3 in the The Elementia Chronicles series unofficial Minecraft-fan adventure books. Sean says, "The story stays true to the game while being packed with action and adventure."

First, please tell us what your book is about.

Quest for Justice takes place in an online Minecraft world called Elementia. A new player named Stan2012 joins the game, with no idea how to play. He makes some new friends travels to a village where he learns in a boot-camp-style program how to play the game from the older players. However, he soon realizes that many of the older players don't want any more new players to join Elementia, because they want to keep the few remaining resources around the server's capitol, Element City, for themselves. When the King of Elementia passes a law banishing all new players from the city, Stan and his friends set out on a journey across the world of Minecraft to fight back against him. They learn how to play the game as they look for resources and raise an army, meeting many colorful characters on the way, all in the name of bringing justice and balance to Elementia.

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

After receiving positive reactions from my family to Quest for Justice, I decided to try to get it published. First, I wrote to several publishing companies and to the creator of Minecraft himself. Not really to surprised that no one jumped at the opportunity to work with a 16 year old, I decided to self-publish. I used CreateSpace, a company that published the book for free but didn't provide editing or marketing services. The book was initially edited by my mother and I, and we marketed it through a social media campaign and visits to schools. I also joined the Association of Rhode Island Authors, along with several other author support groups, to try and gain more exposure. One event organized by ARIA put me in contact with Judith Rosin who worked for Publisher's Weekly. I ended up doing an interview with her which resulted in an online article being published about me . This article, in addition to the growing popularity of the series in my home state of Rhode Island, lead my current agent to approach me, which lead to me signing a three-book deal with HarperCollins in early 2015.

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

While we have marketed through social media, and through more traditional methods after being picked up by HarperCollins, I think that one of the biggest and most unique ways that the word has spread is through my visits to schools. I usually give presentations to 3rd through 6th graders, occasionally older and occasionally younger. In these presentations, I talk about what my book is about, and describe the ways that Minecraft inspired me to write. I use my books as an example as I talk about how to develop a plot, and how to go about evolving it from an idea to a piece of written work. These talks are effective because the students are happy to pay attention because the talk is about Minecraft, while the teachers are happy that the students are learning about writing and story structure.

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

The target audience of the Elementia Chronicles is between ages 8 and 12. However, while that is the demographic in which the series has been the most popular, I have heard from many teenagers, as well as some adults and parents of children under 8, who have all said that they have enjoyed the Elementia Chronicles. Most interestingly, many of these people have never played Minecraft, but were still able to enjoy the book. I believe that the e-format is beneficial to reaching out to everybody who might be interested in the book, whether they're in the target audience or not. Most people today own some sort of device with e-reader capabilities, and this makes the books much more accessible to people.

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

As of right now, I'm putting the finishing touches on the third book of the Elementia Chronicles, Herobrine's Message, which is slated for release on January 26, 2015 in the United States. Since I finished writing Herobrine's Message, I've spent most of my time editing it, as well as doing promotional work for the Elementia Chronicles and schoolwork for my classes (I'm a freshman at the University of Rhode Island). My next big project is a flash game that I'm coding, which I hope to release soon to help promote the Elementia Chronicles. In terms of my next books, I currently have a stand-alone young adult novel planned, as well as a new action-adventure children's series. I may also write more book based on Minecraft in the future, including a possible spin-off or sequel to the Elementia Chronicles.

Learn more about Sean and his books by visiting his website, or by following him on Facebook or Twitter.