#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

Don’t Expect Young Readers to Emote


Last night, I was at a 4th of July party, relaxing by the pool and enjoying small talk with another mom. This new acquaintance was intrigued by my just released book, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, available in the App Store for iPad. The nice lady, a mother of eight-year-old triplets (God bless her!) had never seen animated children’s books on the iPad. One of her children, an avid reader, wandered by and she introduced me as a writer/author of a book, and asked me to show it to him. I, of course, was happy to oblige.

The boy listened and read along with the story, but he didn’t smile or laugh or emote in any way. Page after page, I became worried that the boy stood there only to be polite. Occasionally, he’d glance up at me to see why I was staring at him (awkward!) and then he’d turn back to the narrated story and read along. Really, I was dying inside for his reaction, absolutely any reaction from him would ease my growing level of concern.

When the book finally ended, he looked up at me and simply said, “Can I see more books you wrote?” And then he turned to his mom and asked if she could buy him my book.

Young readers who are engaged, don’t necessarily wear their emotions on their sleeves. As a parent myself, this is good to know in the types of selections I help my own young reader make. But also, this boy reminded me why I strove to become a published author in the first place. I didn’t write for the reaction to my stories, rather, I wrote so that my words would be enjoyed while learning lessons along the way. This young reader enjoyed my book in his own way, for that–I am now sure. Mission accomplished!

Have a child aged four to eight? Check out Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore in the App Store on iTunes. Click here.</a