The Five Spot: Leigh Ann Kopans
Today’s Brew: Raspberry Lime Seltzer. It can’t always be beer.
Julie and I have been keeping an eye on Leigh Ann Kopans for months now, and not in the creepy, trash picking, Wendig stalking sort of way that might make you say eww. If you’re considering self publishing, or if you have a debut book coming out from any publishing company, you should be paying attention to Leigh Ann as well. Leigh Ann’s debut novel, ONE, released on Tuesday. She decided to self publish. Instead of just throwing it out there and hoping for the best, she launched a complete campaign including a street team and merchandising. She gave herself almost six months of lead time to get the word out. Leigh Ann’s journey to release day is to us an example of how self publishing should be done. It was never in your face, spammy, or obnoxious. But we were all still aware of her book. Mine is on it’s way to me as we speak. I can’t wait to see what’s between the covers!
Without further ado, we asked Leigh Ann five questions about ONE and her life in general:
Tell us about your favorite character in ONE.
Nick Flora wrote a song about ONE. Tell us about your relationship with him. How did he come up with that song for your book?
You have put together a thorough campaign for ONE. Tell us how you put together your team and who did you consider your target audience?
What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve come across as a self published author?
We think it’s awesome that you’re a rabbi. How does that influence your writing?
Leave us with something from ONE.
A few lone fireflies flit around a bit too early. The top three-quarters of the sky are only slightly dark. I reach out to swipe one from the air and watch as it staggers across the back of my hand, testing its legs after a stretch of flight.I wish walking felt more foreign to me than flying.
Praise for One
One balances a fully imagined, super world with deep, well-crafted characters and took me on a heart pounding, heartbreakingly authentic journey I hated to see end.
~Trisha Leigh, author of The Last Year series
“Exciting, edgy, romantic and beautifully written, ONE is a book from an incredible new writing talent that will leave you longing for more!”
~Emma Pass, author of Acid (Random House 2013) and the upcoming The Fearless (Random House 2014)
“I opened One and didn’t put it down. On the surface it’s a fast-paced superhero story combined with all the wonderful and terrible aspects of teenage life, but beneath that is the story of a girl who only wants to be more than she is. It’s a fun adventure cloaking a simple but powerful truth of the human condition.”
~Francesca Zappia, author of the upcoming Ask Again Later (Greenwillow/HarperCollins 2014)
Leigh Ann Kopans’s Biography:
Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. After earning degrees in Sociology and Hebrew, she went on to become a rabbi at The Ohio State University. Surrounded by college students, she found her niche writing science fiction and romance for teens.
Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio, which sadly lacks superheroes but does have the best football and fabulous ice cream.