We have a very, very special guest with us at Boomer Chick today! I have NY Times Bestselling author, Jane Green, here with us today to talk about her latest book, Second Chance. I'm also pleased to announce she is touring the blogosphere on her virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotions! What an honor!
I do want to note that my assistant, Jamieson Wolf, has been responsible for her tour and has done a bangup job of putting this together. She will be appearing at Trashionista, Galley Cat and Beatrice, among other great blogs throughout the blogosphere. WTG, Jamieson!
Before we begin our interview, I'd like to tell you a little bit about Ms. Green, if you don't already know about her. For one thing, she is #12 on the NY Times Bestseller list! For those authors out there, we all know how wonderful that would be!
Jane lives in Connecticut with her four children and is the author of eight bestselling novels: SWAPPING LIVES, THE OTHER WOMAN, STRAIGHT TALKING, JEMIMA J, MR. MAYBE, BOOKENDS, BABYVILLE, AND TO HAVE AND TO HOLD. Her books are published in over thirty different languages, and Jemima J has recently been bought by Lifetime for a made-for-television movie.You can visit her website at http://www.janegreen.com/ or her blog at www.myspace.com/janegreenbooks.
You can buy Second Chance at Amazon by clicking here!
Boomer Chick: Hi Jane! It is such a pleasure to host you at Boomer Chick! Can you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?
Jane: I'm the author of nine novels, a mother of four, and a native Brit who has lived in Connecticut for almost seven years. I started life as a journalist, and signed my first book deal almost twelve years ago with Straight Talking. It went straight on the bestseller lists in
the UK, and I've been lucky enough to have continued success.
Boomer Chick: I have to tell you. I am so in awe of what you have accomplished. Did you ever envision yourself to be in the place you are today?
Jane: When I left my job all those years ago to write a book, I gave myself three months to write a book and get a publishing deal. Of course, looking back now, I can't believe how naive I was, but it never occured to me that it wouldn't happen. However, I never dreamed I would have a string of bestsellers - that part is, still, truly amazing.
Boomer Chick: I understand you’ve made the NY Times Bestseller list. Would you like to tell us about that? When did that happen and is this the first time you’ve made the list?
Jane: I've made the list a few times, and it is always incredibly exciting. Publishers will tell you it's not about the list, it's about the number of sales, but there's nothing quite like opening the Times on the weekend and seeing your name in there.
Boomer Chick: As a promoter, I’m always curious about what it takes to get on the NY Times Bestseller list. In a personal email to you, I asked that very same question and you said, “a lot of good luck and hard work.” What should authors do to aim for the list and do you think being in the list should be a goal? Naturally, it should be great for sales, but do you find that people are just in awe of those who make it?
Jane: It certainly helps with credibility, although I'm not sure how awed people are - most of the time my life is spent as a vaguely harrassed mother trying to juggle running the lives of four children, a household, and squeezing in the books in between. I don't think you can ever predict how to get on the list or what will work. The best advice I can give is never to write what you think will be commercial, but to write what is true for you.
Boomer Chick: On another subject, you are such a busy lady doing tours and giving speeches. Who sets these up for you?
Jane: I have a team at Penguin, and then an independent PR at Goldberg McDuffie who set them up. And a lot of people email me through the website so I'm able to direct them to the team. I'm also recently signed with a speakers bureau.
Boomer Chick: Do you have an agent and would you like to tell us who she/he is?
Jane: I am represented by Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider.
Boomer Chick: Do you feel that authors, in order to get the most exposure they can for themselves and their books, should look for an agent to represent their books?
Jane: Absolutely. I would never suggest anyone attempt to be published without an agent. The commission fee is absolutely worth the work they put in, and frankly it's just about impossible to be noticed by a publisher if you just send in an unsolicited manuscript.
Boomer Chick: Jane, I’m going to honest with you. I hate booksignings. That’s why I promote almost entirely on the Internet. If I were to have a NY contract, would promoting offline be something that was inevitable and what would you tell someone who hates them so that she’ll learn to love them?
Jane: I adore them. Sometimes, particularly on tour, it's exhausting, but it's the one chance I get to really connect with my readers. Writing is so solitary, I rarely have a chance to see how my books affect people, so I love getting out there and meeting them at signings. Online promoting has become increasingly important, but I don't think, for the author, it ever quite replaces the thrill of standing up in front of a room full of people who have been touched by your work.
Boomer Chick: Okay, I have to ask. Hopefully, by now, everyone knows I, along with Jamieson Wolf, run Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours. Can you tell us how it’s been so far and would you recommend these to other authors to promote their books? Oh, btw, who recommended us to you or how did you find out about us?
Jane: I was surfing around the internet and stumbled upon you. I was fascinated because blogging has become such a huge part of promoting, but it's hard to find people who really know how to handle this type of viral marketing. So far it seems you have cast your net far and wide,
and I've been tremendously impressed.
Boomer Chick: Well, it’s been such a pleasure to host you. Not only are you a gifted writer, but such a wonderful person to know. What’s next for you, Jane? More books, I hope!
Jane: I'm starting novel number ten next week - this time more of a mystery and I'm itching to start writing again. Kids are in camp, the house is (relatively) quiet, so my fingers will start tapping again very shortly.
Boomer Chick: Okay, tell us where we can buy SECOND CHANCE, and give us your website link, too, just in case we want to check out your online home.
Jane: Second Chance is available at all good bookstores, and online at amazon and barnes & Noble etc. My website is www.janegreen.com, although I'm much better at updating the myspace page: www.myspace.com/janegreenbooks.
Boomer Chick: Well, good luck to you, Jane. It’s been such a pleasure to interview you here at Boomer Chick. Please don’t be a stranger and stop by often!
Jane: Thank you Boomer Chick - it was my pleasure!
Wasn't she the greatest? As a special treat, here is one of Jane's trailers where you can hear her talk about the writing process. Enjoy!
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