Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tribute Books New Young Adult Line

Nicole Langan from Tribute Books offered to share with all of us a little about their new venture as an ebook publisher of young adult titles. We're looking to work with authors who are savvy with social media - those who blog, tweet and update their Facebook status on a daily basis. Our preference is for authors who already have a book(s) published through a royalty-paying press. We want to work with those who are familiar with the ins and outs of the publishing process. We seek those who have experience having their work edited and know the effort required for successful book promotion. There would be NO charge for authors, and those selected would receive 50% of the net retail price in royalties. To begin, we're looking to work with 12 authors in 2012, publishing one per month. Cami: Are you willing to look at books that have already been published and are out of print? Nicole: Our preference would be for never released material, but if an author can provide proof in writing that a former contract is no longer active we would be happy to consider a previously published work. Cami: Would these books only be sold as ebooks or could print versions be obtained for friends, family, and book signings? Nicole: All of our YA releases in 2012 will be available only as ebooks. Cami: What number of copies sold would denote a bestseller for your company? Nicole: Since we are such a small press, a best seller would average about 25 e-copies sold per month. However, we are hoping to increase our sales figures by tapping into a larger YA-enthused readership. My hope is that we are able to recruit some talented writers of well-written, well-crafted stories in order to develop an eager fan base for the titles we publish. We want readers to be excited about the ebooks we produce. Young adult authors have the most devoted fan followings out there, and we'd like to introduce that audience to a whole new host of talent. Cami: What do you feel is the best form of promotion for an author? Nicole: I am a big believer in the power of social media. I even conduct monthly blog tours for outside publishers and authors in order to help them increase the online presence of a book. Book bloggers are a powerful force in the book industry. With more and more book stores closing and book review columns being cut from major newspapers, readers are depending on bloggers to help them find the books they want to read. They are turning to the internet as a reference point to fill this information gap. In my opinion, social networking is the bread and butter of any author's promotional efforts. Without it, it's like trying to paddle upstream without a canoe. Readers want to connect with the person who wrote the book. They crave interaction with an author. Nothing beats getting a writer to comment on a blogger's book review post or getting a personalized thank you tweet from your favorite author. The days of authors being isolated from their fans is over. They're now able to build an online following and receive instant feedback for their work. They have the opportunity to take part in creating their own literary community. We try to keep an active online presence with our web site , Facebook, Twitter, and blog. We'd love to have anyone who loves young adult literature to join us for the ride. Thank you, Nicole, for stopping by my blog. This looks like a great publisher for all the young adult fiction authors out there.

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