Conventional Print Publishing or Electronic Device Book App?


Why App Developers Need to Be Looking Long and Hard at the Children’s Book Market

Wikipedia reports according “to an IDC study from March 2011, sales for all e-book readers worldwide rose to 12.8 million in 2010; 48% of them were Kindle models, followed by Barnes & Noble Nook devices, Pandigital, Hanvon and Sony Readers (about 800,000 units for 2010).” In 2012, the study shows that e-book sales slumped with a “26% decline worldwide from a maximum of 23.2 million in 2011. The reason given for this alarmingly precipitous decline is the rise of more general purpose tablets that provide e-books along with other apps in a similar form factor.”

Enter 2013: General purpose tablets, like the iPad, continue to offer more engaging and interactive experiences for the reader. As parents continue to streamline their own book purchases onto these types of devices—it’s no surprise that their children will expect to access their books similarly. App developers need to stop and take notice that there is an existing and increasingly popular book app market for parents looking to educate and entertain their children in much more visually engaging ways.

Before a developer can begin to tap into this market, they should understand four important things first:

• Understand that the market already exists: Legions of unpublished children’s book authors are looking to get their literary works published conventionally or digitally. It’s a crowded marketplace, coupled with significant barriers breaking into conventional print. If developers can figure out how to publish, distribute and market books so these unique “voices” can be heard, they’ll be onto something big. You can find these unpublished authors on Twitter in droves searching through hashtags like #picturebooks #kidlit #childrensbooks #author, etc.

• Understand the need for creative people to help successfully deploy a book app: Developers will need quality authors, illustrators, copyrighters, animators, stock music houses and voiceovers, not to mention a creative director with graphic designers at her fingertips who can pull all of those contributions together seamlessly. If you bypass any one of these things, your app may come up short. Remember, parents expect a professionally published book, just as they expect the same when they pick up a book for their children at Barnes & Noble. The only difference is that they expect an “experience” with a book app.

• Understand that the market is evolving and changing: Be prepared to keep on your toes. Already some book apps have cropped up that look something more like a Disney/Pixar movie production. Constantly improve and nurture your network of contributors and stay nimble with the changing publishing market. Make sure you understand that a few years ago, kids were snuggling up next to their parents to have a book read to them when their parents were ready to take the time to sit down with them. Today’s kids are getting their books on demand and being read to by professional narrators, when mom’s lap isn’t available, and they are reading right from the comfort of their own electronic devices.

• Understand the conventionally printed book isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Real books belong on shelves in libraries and in homes, and kids will always need them and should have access to them. It will be a sad day if electronics replace them altogether. Book apps are a vertical market to the conventionally printed book. Lines don’t need to be drawn in the sand about which is better.

Tonia Allen Gould is the producer and author of Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, published by Skies America (July, 2013) an electronically published book app, available in the App Store on iTunes, and is also available by audio on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and other outlets. Gould creatively directed and hand-picked the celebrity talent to make this eBook/app an engaging experience for children ages four to eight-years-old, leading up to the animation where Skies America Publishing Company picked up the project and launched it on iTunes. The app was art directed by “Mr. Lawrence,” the voice of Plankton and an original storyboard director of SpongeBob SquarePants, and illustrated by Marc Ceccareli, another SpongeBob storyboard director. It was narrated by two-time Marconi Award nominee, and a top radio personality and broadcaster in the country, Mr. Steve McCoy. The original musical score was produced by country artist, Robby Armstrong. Gould is available for consulting projects and can be reached via http://www.toniaallengould.com, or at toniaagould@icloud.com.

Manchester University Radio Announcer Introduces Tonia Allen Gould as the “Future Mrs. Dr. Seuss”?


WBKE 89.5 "The Buzz" radio announcer, Michael Paynter, refers to Tonia Allen Gould as the "Future Mrs. Dr. Seuss"
WBKE 89.5 “The Buzz” radio announcer, Michael Paynter, refers to Tonia Allen Gould as the “Future Mrs. Dr. Seuss”
I really enjoyed my radio interview yesterday live with Michael Paynter from WBKE/The Beehive from Manchester University. Michael and I talked about what inspires children to read, how books can offer a positive form of escape from the world we live in, and also teach children that it’s okay to dream. During our talk, we touched on how animated and narrated eBooks or apps with music are changing the landscape of the children’s picture book market by bringing stories to life in a way that conventional books can’t. I have to admit that I had a good chuckle when Michael referred to me as the “Future Mrs. Dr. Seuss.” What a lovely compliment, and wouldn’t creating that kind of revered literary works be something that most authors only dare to dream about? I’ll keep dreaming, but thank you, Michael!

Here’s the taped feed from my interview with Michael Paynter, 89.5 “The Buzz”.

And, would the real Mrs. Dr. Seuss, please stand up.

Speaking of which, here's more on the real, Mrs. Dr. Seuss.  It's kind of a sad story.  http://objectwisdom.blogspot.com/2009/12/more-on-mrs-dr-seuss.html
Speaking of which, here’s more on the real, Mrs. Dr. Seuss. It’s kind of a sad story. http://objectwisdom.blogspot.com/2009/12/more-on-mrs-dr-seuss.html

Kids With the App and The Crab Dance, Too!


If you’ve downloaded the app and your kids are so inspired, send me a video clip of them doing their crab dance with the pincer hands for a future Sam’s Crab Dance compilation.

#SamuelTMoore Wins #2 App in the Top 5 Apps of the Week Contest!


A Quarter-to-One ClockCheck it out! Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore released just less than a week ago in the App Store on iTunes, already won the #2 App in the Top 5 Apps of the Week contest at iHeartThisApp.com. What an honor, but what’s most important is that hopefully now parents and teachers will be able to find the eBook/app better.

It’s one thing to write a book. It’s another to get your book published. And, still yet another to get your published book found and read! Marketing your book is just as important as everything else and it’s no easy feat. I have almost twenty years experience in marketing, and even I am learning the ropes on what’s involved with marketing a book. All this seems like a good start. iHeartThisApp is averaging 46,000+ monthly page views from 11,000+ unique visitors (majority USA visitors). Readers stay on iHeartThisApp on an average of more than 5 minutes.

This animated and colorful eBook (available for $4.99) explores several important themes for young readers, including:

• The concept of “building a home”
• Hard work and self-reliance
• Daring to dream of a better life
• Overcoming adversity
• Dealing with bullies and naysayers

Check out all five top apps of the week!

Thanks, from the bottom of my heart, for all your iHeart clicks. Voting each week is easy. All you have to do is go here: http://iheartthisapp.com/apps/samuel-t-moore-corte-magore/ and click on the heart, and that’s it. No registration is required. If you are reading this now, I sure would be grateful for your vote. Who knows, maybe we can make it to #1 in the coming weeks with your help!

Sincerely,

Tonia Allen Gould & Samuel T. Moore

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I received this great email today about getting the word out about my new app so that parents and teachers can find it easier. Check this out, and please vote for Sam! Also, please feel free to pass along the site information for other authors trying to get found and to be read. Here’s the email!

Hi there!
I am browsing for new apps for kids in the iTunes App Store and I saw Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore by: Tonia Allen Gould. I think it looks interesting! So I have added it into the iHeartThisApp directory – Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore by: Tonia Allen Gould!

Ask your fans to vote on your app to make it easy for parents and teachers to find your app. Or be reviewed by moms and teachers in the iHeartThisApp community.

Join the Weekly Competition (App of the Week)
Don’t forget to ask your Facebook Fans and Twitter followers to vote for your app in iHeartThisApp. Getting lots of votes will get your App into the Weekly Top Apps (i.e. Top Apps with most iHeart votes for the week) which will be promoted in Facebook, Twitter, and in iHeartThisApp every week.

Don’t get intimidated by the other apps with lots of iHearts already because the Top Apps of the Week is determined by the additional iHearts achieved for this week only. So every app has a fair chance of getting the App of the Week spot!

The week ends at Friday 11:59PM Central Time, so please ask your Facebook or Twitter Fans to vote for Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore by: Tonia Allen Gould now!

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Lots of Developers enjoy the weekly competition for App of the Week! We hope you too could be an active part of the iHeartThisApp community!

Be Reviewed by Moms and Teachers in iHeartThisApp!
If you just released your app, then a great way to be noticed is to be reviewed! In iHeartThisApp, your app can be reviewed by moms and teachers who are actively looking for new apps for their kids and students to play with. If you’re interested, send in your app to be included in the list of apps to be reviewed by filling out this form.

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Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore Releases on iTunes for iPad


Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore just released on iTunes. A formal press announcement will follow. But, for tonight, my dream has finally come true!

–T.A Gould

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On the seventh day, the God of Books, Named Amazon, Spoke to the Aspiring Writers and Said…


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Author of Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore. Tonia’s book releases on iTunes on 7/1/13.

And, on the first day, the Book World was created. The Great American Writers flocked to the new world and endlessly wrote to express themselves. The Prolific Readers soon came in droves to read and decipher what the Great American Writers had to say, and before long, the Gatekeeper’s Agents arrived too and sold the Great American Writers’ profound works to the Prodigious Publishers, and they in turn, sold the works, en masse, to The Prolific Readers. In due course, everyone in this strange new world flourished.

Then on the second day, the Aspiring Writer honed his craft and sought to be accepted in the new world too, so that his own literary work would be read and treasured by all the Prolific Readers. And so it was written, legions of new Aspiring Writers were turned away and were left standing, rejected, at the walls of the Book World, with their egos wounded, and their written word discarded in a pile of slush, and denounced by the Gatekeeper’s Agents.

By the third day, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the median income for The Great American Writer in the Book World was $55,420 per year or $26.64 per hour. When the Aspiring Writer read this report, he fell to his knees and cried, because he had dreamt of fame and fortune, and the hopes of staking a claim in this strange, new world where so many early adopters were striking it rich. But still, the Aspiring Writer continued to write because it had become his life’s aspiration to be accepted into the Book World. For after all, writing was all he ever wanted to do, even if it meant he would be scantily paid once he got beyond the walls and into the glorious realm of the Book World.

By the fourth day, the Aspiring Writers’ rolled up their sleeves and searched high and low for a Gatekeeper’s Agent to represent his work to the Prodigious Publisher Lords that controlled the Book World, and found none. Back at the entrance gate, the Gatekeeper’s Agents who weren’t accepting queries, stopped them from entering again, and the Aspiring Writers’ fell to their knees again and cried in hopelessness and desperation. Everything became meaningless outside of the Book World. The land outside was dark, and bleak, without form and meaning.

On the fifth day, the Aspiring Writers revolted and decided to publish their own books, while the notable Great American Writers with their Gatekeeper Agents and Prodigious Publishers  called the Aspriring Writers by a new name: Self-Published.

But, by  the sixth day the Prolific Readers began to find what the Aspiring Writers wrote, and the Gatekeeper Agents, together with the Prodigious Publishers, fell to their knees and cried.

And on the seventh day, the God of Books, a great force in all the Earth, called Amazon, spoke to the Aspiring Writers and said, “Take Control with Independent Publishing. With my independent publishing services you can reach millions of readers worldwide and keep control of your own work. It’s fast and easy to publish your print book with CreateSpace, your digital book with Kindle Direct Publishing and create an audiobook with ACX. “

And, with that, the Self Published flourished, and it was a whole new world.

Finding Corte Magore


Check out this teaser video for Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, an animated children’s picture book with narration and an original musical score.

Where on Earth is Corte Magore anyway?


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Where on Earth is Corte Magore? One author wants to make a fictional island a real place, to show children that it is okay to dream.

Until now, you wouldn’t have been able to find Corte Magore on any map. Now that Samuel T. Moore has discovered this beautiful place, we had to have a map created just so kids could find it. In the coming months, be on the lookout for more news and information on Corte Magore, and how this fictional place may actually become very real one day…because the author of Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, wants to teach children that its okay to dream.

Can your kids find Corte Magore on the map? Look closely and they might actually find Sam’s hut.

An interactive and animated children’s picture book, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore (Coming Soon!)


Check out my new teaser video for Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore.

Because Every Fictional Fiddler Crab Needs a Fiddle and a Bow


I had the distinct pleasure of going down to Huntington Beach to catch Robby Armstrong’s act live. You wouldn’t believe the energy Robby exudes when he’s singing and playing on the guitar. Meet Emily Kilimnik, the awesome fiddler behind the music in Robby Armstrong’s original musical score he wrote, produced and directed for Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, my children’s picture book slated to release on 7/1/13. Robby Armstrong is one very talented individual and I can’t wait for you to hear the amazing music he created for a crab trying to find a home. Click Here to Watch Talented, Emily Kilimnik, on the Fiddle

That’s a Coconut on the Ground, Not a Pile of Poo


My animated children’s #picturebook is almost out of production and I am ecstatic. The publisher is just working on a couple of little tweaks and it’s complete! Please be sure to follow my Author’s Page on Facebook, too. I’ll be posting the latest news about my book’s release there.

What a pleasure it has been to collaborate with so many incredibly talented people on Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore. Just look at all these wonderful people I have to thank!

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Author Announces Release Date of #Animated #Childrens #Picturebook


Author Announces Release Date

Author, Tonia Allen Gould, announces the release date of her animated and narrated children’s picture book, coming on 7/1/13 on iTunes.