E-books and self-publishing are upending the publishing world. Don’t take my word for it – Friday’s WSJ article sums it up nicely. With Kindles sales increasing four-fold on Black Friday this year, I’ve seen estimates of the 8 million Kindles currently in use jumping to 25 million after Christmas (Amazon doesn’t release its numbers). With $79 Kindles and $99 Nooks, it’s not hard to imagine a lot of these showing up under the Christmas tree in a couple weeks.
What will the impact of all these e-readers be? I expect more e-books of every kind to be sold, but in particular, I’m predicting (Danger, Will Robinson!) that there will be a shift in the demographic of e-book owners with the more affordable price. In particular, I expect more young people to receive these readers as a gift from grandparents who would rather buy a reading device than another gaming device.
What will this mean for middle grade authors, like my guest Dale Pease? I hope that it means many happy sales, and I think that it will … eventually. Whether this Christmas or the next (3 years at the outside – yikes! more predictions!), the middle grade e-book market will eventually take off, and self-publishing middle grade authors like Anita Laydon Miller, Simon Haynes, PHC Marchesi, and D. Robert Pease will be ready with multiple books out to capture some marketshare.
(Note to JK Rowling: We love you. Please get Pottermore out soon.)
Dale is blog-touring his middle grade science fiction novel Noah
Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, and I’m happy to be the stop today. You can see all the information about Dale’s book and tour at the bottom, but first Dale kindly answered my questions about writing and publishing a middle grade novel during today’s self-publishing revolution.
Thank you so much, Dale, for sharing your insights with us! (Full disclosure: Dale is my cover designer and he rocks it! Definitely seek out a professional like Dale for your cover work!) You can see my review of Dale’s book or check out all the details below:
Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction.
Life couldn’t be better.
But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.
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D. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn’t been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer’s Sirens. It’s not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters.
Discover ways to connect with the author by visiting his site at www.drobertpease.com
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