Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Darkslayer Omnibus: Six Books in One, A Top Ten Hit With Kindle Teens

On August 18th The Darkslayer Omnibus by Craig Halloran hit the number 1 spot in the Teen section of the Amazon Kindle store. Craig is the author of over two dozen fast-paced, action-packed fantasy adventure books. His Omnibus edition contains series 1, books 1 through 6 of the The Darkslayer series. 

And here's a nice coincidence: When I as compiling today's Kids' EBook Bestseller List, I saw that The Chronicles of Dragon Collection, also by Craig, is in the number 2 spot in the Children's section of the Kindle store! 

Craig joins us today to share about his e-publishing success.

First, tell us what The Darkslayer Omnibus is about.

Venir is a warrior that receives a mantle of power that allows him to unknowingly keep the forces of Good and Evil in check in the world called Bish. Currently, the rugged Outlands of the dog-eat-dog world is under the vice of an evil race called the underlings that are taking control of things. Venir, a brash and unwilling hero finds himself in one fight for his life and another as he friends and allies are under constant attack. In the end, victory can only be achieved when the force of good collides with the forces of evil. But there can only be one winner. Who will it be?

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

I started seriously writing and self publishing 5 years ago. Readers liked my stories so I kept on writing.

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

Advertising and marketing prices on Amazon Kindle.

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

I use twitter book blasts, and work with places like Bookbub.com and BookGorilla.com.

Some studies say children reading e-books are reading more, while other studies say they comprehend less of what they read. What’s your opinion or experience?

I can't say, but my goal was to write exciting stories so that more young people would get excited about reading. I get a lot of compliments on it too. I don't write boring stories and I'd never read them when I was younger either. Chances are too many crummy material is out there due to a flood of eBooks.

What is your target audience?

I think 13 and up, but my Chronicles of Dragon series, which is my best selling, is more like 8 and up. People from 8 to 70 like them and I don't pick by age. I focus on the fantasy genre.

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

Epublishing has been great for me and I encourage it to all writers. If you write a good story, with thorough editing and slap on a good cover, keep at it and you will be successful.

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

Sure, I make a lot more money than I imagined and it's become my primary income.

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

I write about 2000 words a day and take a break on the weekend. Currently I'm working on Claws of the Dragon, from The Chronicles of Dragon series.

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?

Ebooks already sell more than print and more children will start reading eBooks over the years. I don't think paper will vanish, and I hope it doesn't.

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

Eformat is ten times better because you can quickly find your audience all over the world.

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

Children will learn what they are taught and absorb information quickly. They'll be whizzing through readers once they figure it out and I'm sure a large portion of the market has. Will it make more children read though, that's the important question, and sadly I don't think that will happen. But that should be a focus. 
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