Thanks for coming by today. I posted the winners of my contests as my C post (part of the A-Z blogging challenge) yesterday. Today is all about my friend Anita and her story.
(<---) Anita Laydon Miller queried, signed with an agent, and worked with said agent to ready her middle grade book for publishing. Everything went as planned, except the publishing part. This is not one of those stories where Anita got mad and went on a rage. In fact, I read her blog every day (even if she hasn't posted in a week) and she never gave so much as an inkling about her plans - until a few weeks ago.
It all started with a blog post titled I've got an announcement...it's not what you think...unless you read minds. Luckily for me, I do read minds and I quickly discovered that Anita was going to e-publish her book. A subsequent post explained more of the back story - I urge you to visit her blog and participate in the upcoming posts along Anita's tour to learn more about the whole journey (links below).
When I first read the post that Anita was heading for self-publication, I scoffed. Not gonna lie. How can she do that?! I thought. To be honest, I once told Elana Johnson that I thought e-publishing would go nowhere and it was stupid (I said this without doing my homework). After processing Anita's news for about fifteen seconds, I realized this was a good thing. Anita is a smart girl and she knows what she's doing. Well, as it turns out, that was an understatement.
In the last two weeks, Anita has started a MG blog (my first clue as to what was going on), designed a cover (and photographed the gorgeous rock formation on the cover), uploaded her manuscript, and started a marketing effort. Like, whoa. The whole process has been blowing me away. To top it all off, we organized a rocking blog tour in less than a week (more about that below).
Before I discuss the content of the book, I want to point out that Earthling Hero is an inexpensive e-book for kids - Anita has priced it book at $0.99. Yeah, that's 99 cents, folks.
I am in the middle of the book and it does not read like a ninety-nine cent book. Earthling Hero is a bona fide middle grade e-book of quality and integrity, worth $19.99, no doubt.
I am impressed with Anita's humor, which will be familiar to her blog followers. And her main character(s), Mikey Murphy, is a classic boy character with some not so classic problems. I love the way Anita intermittently puts Mikey in action sequences and in thoughtful passages. Earthling Hero is compelling through the middle and I am putting off homework in order to get to the end. Don't yell at me. If I had kids, I would make this a family affair and gather 'round the computer and take turns reading aloud. Instead, I have the pleasure of being a crazy uncle, I so I am going to purchase a copy of the book for a few nieces and nephews.
Some questions and concerns arise when speaking about e-books - Anita will be on-hand today (and any time via email) to answer questions. Please ask anything that comes to mind. Do you remember when you were in fifth grade and the teacher said over and over again, "If you have a question, there's a good chance several other students have the same question"? Well, this is one of those instances. I'll answer a few questions right away: No, you do not need an e-reader in order to read Earthling Hero. I am reading the novel on my computer, but it looks just as nice on my iPod via the Stanza app. Yes, you can read EH on a Mac and a PC. I am using the latter, but I'll ask some of my fancy friends to weigh with their reading experiences using the former (ahem Robert and Tina). Please, please, please ask away!
Here's some linkage:
Earthling Hero is for sale through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords (the venue through which I now own a copy).
Anita's tenacious attitude and willingness to go out on a limb is sure to make this experience successful for her. Join us for the rest of the tour's three weeks to learn more about Anita, e-publishing, and, um, dancing. The next stop on the tour takes place on Wednesday at Matthew Rush's blog, The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment (<---I cannot believe I just typed that whole thing without errors). Friday, we'll be stopping at the blog of Elana Johnson, who has her own experience with e-book publishing. I'll post about the rest of the tour as those days approach. There are some awesome stops along the way!
Thanks again for joining us and please treat the comment section like an ongoing conversation and with respect (AKA don't make assumptions like me).