Meet author Victoria Miles.
I’ve been working with Victoria to help her get her story – A Power Christmas Special – out into the world as an iBook. She is very generously giving it away for free! If you’d like to read it, there are a few different ways to do it.
1. If you have iBooks on your iPad, or your desktop computer you can download the story free from the iBookstore. Just search for the title: A Power Christmas Special.
2. Don’t have an iPad? You can download the PDF version and view it on whatever device you like. Feel free to share it with your friends! Just click on the cover image to download the file.
Now let’s talk to Victoria about the experience of making her story into an iBook!
What motivated you to create an iBook?
I knew that on it’s own, “A Power Christmas Special” wasn’t long enough to be book-length, but it is a story that’s complete in itself. So it seemed ideally suited to be a free iBook, a gift to Mimi fans and a way to introduce others to the Power family. I also wanted to collaborate on an iBook project and learn the potential of it first-hand. It’s just a format I thought was worth exploring and it’s been a really interesting project.
Waby is an unusual name for a character. Where did it come from and how do you pronounce it?
Waby rhymes with “baby” but not every reader picks up on that. It’s funny how when we silent read, we sometimes invent our own pronunciations for words we haven’t heard before. I’ve heard more than a few readers call her “Wah-by” (even my publisher did it once!). It’s actually my second daughter’s nickname. We know it’s silly, but it stuck. She’s 10 now, and we still call her Waby sometimes.
How did you find the process of publishing a book in iBook format? Is it very different from print publishing?
Well, pretty much the whole process was managed by Crystal Stranaghan, who is a whizz at these things. [thanks Victoria!] I never would have taken it on without her, even though some people say it’s very doable and you can figure it out yourself. My time is really pressed and I’m stretched in a lot of different directions these days. I’m now down to only 2 hours a week for creative writing and so I want to guard that time just for writing; I didn’t want it to be eaten up with the iBook process. Crystal is great to work with and I’m so glad she took the job.
What advice would you give someone who wants to publish their own book for iPad?
Call Crystal! And if you can’t do that, and you have the time, I think it’s a worthwhile experiment for any author.
Where can people find you online/social media?
I’m on twitter @victorianunuk and I also review books and make a few notes on my writing life now and again at http://magnifico-victoria-miles.blogspot.ca
What are you working on now?
I’m trying to finish a novel for teens that’s set in the kinder, gentler age of 1981. When hair was big and hardly anyone had a phone in their room (let alone their pocket!). It has a lot of references to the styles, the movies and music of the early 80s, and even historical moments like staying up all night to watch the Royal Wedding (of Charles and Diana). The plot was inspired by a time in my life when I was a teenage hair model, but the rest I’m keeping under wraps right now.