Monthly Archives: March 2013

Guest Host for the 3/31/13 #storyappchat: Ron Martinez

Aerbook Cloud PublishingThe tools available to writers/illustrators of interactive books continue to evolve. One of the most exciting new packages to come out recently is Aerbook Cloud Publishing, a browser-based platform which allows you to export content in a number of different formats, including iBooks, Kindle, and iOS/Nook/Fire app projects.

The founder of Aerbook is Ron Martinez, and we’re thrilled to have him host this Sunday’s #storyappchat. Among other things, he’ll answer our questions about the migration of app-like experiences to the eBook store, the differences in discovery and pricing, and what the limitations and opportunities are across the various platforms. And if the topic isn’t enough to interest you, Ron will be giving away some export credits for those who are able to pop into the chat.

Don’t miss this one! We’ll kick things off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific this Sunday, March 31. Looking forward to seeing YOU there!

Transcript for the 3/24/13 #storyappchat: Roxie Munro

Roxie Munro guest hosted a dynamite chat last night! We had lots of great questions, and were treated to a healthy dose of Roxie’s wit and wisdom. If you were able to stop by, you know what I’m talking about–and if you weren’t, it’s all there in the transcript above.

Don’t forget, we get together every Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Make plans to join us for the next one (3/31/13), when we’ll welcome Ron Martinez from Aerbook!

Guest Host for the 3/24 #storyappchat: Roxie Munro

We are fortunate to have a supportive and faithful group of regulars for our weekly #storyappchat discussions, and one of these is Roxie Munro. She is a true veteran in the world of children’s books, having worked on more than 35 print books, and she’s now knee-deep in the world of apps. A successful writer/illustrator, her apps and books have won numerous awards, and she’s been featured on NPR talking about apps and the future of children’s books.

Roxie will be joining us this Sunday, March 24 to answer our questions and talk about her experiences writing and illustrating apps and children’s stories. Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into the world of somebody who’s been there and found success! As usual, we’ll kick things off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific time–just start using the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter to join us!

Transcript for the 3/17/13 #storyappchat: Website as Marketing Tool

We covered a lot of ground last night: from website basics to WordPress to blog tours! Big thanks to Annie Fox who popped in to tell us about her recent blog tour, and for all the others who came to share their expertise and war stories.

If you weren’t able to make it (or if you were and you just need a record of all the linky goodness), please enjoy the transcript above with our compliments. And be sure to join us next (and every) Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific!

Topic for the 3/17/13 #storyappchat: Website as Marketing Tool

#storyappchat topic badgeA website is a website is a website, right? I mean: everybody knows that as content creators, we need to have a website, with a few of the basic pages (About, Contact Us, Buy My App!), so when people want more information, it’ll be out there for the world (and all the search engines) to pick up?

Not so fast. Like any other good (dare I say essential?) marketing tool, the list of best practices for creating and maintaining a website evolves. What may have served admirably in 2006 could be outdated now. If you’ve recently revamped your site (or need to), or are just getting yours off the ground, this is the chat for you!

Let’s compile our own list of Marketing Website Best Practices during the next #storyappchat, THIS Sunday (St. Patrick’s Day! March 17) at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just start using the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter to join us, OK?

Transcript for the 3/10/13 #storyappchat: Karen Nemeth and #ECETechChat

Wow, if there were ever two groups who should get together more, it’s #storyappchat and #ECETechChat. This discussion was brimming over with questions, shared frustrations, and valuable information and links–which are all there for your perusal in the transcript above. I can tell we’ll probably want to link up with this fantastic group of early childhood educators again. In the meantime, head on over to their Facebook page for updates from this group of users. A big thanks to Karen Nemeth for serving as guest host during this lively chat.

Don’t forget, we chat every Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific, so make plans to pop in during the next one, OK?

Topic for the 3/10/13 #storyappchat: #ECETechChat Link-Up!

#storyappchat topic badgeImagine you’ve been working on a jigsaw puzzle for weeks, but one of the key pieces is missing. You’ve spent several days looking for the piece, but it seems to be gone. Now… imagine the piece just turned up, you click it into place and voila! The picture is now complete.

What I’m getting at is this: we will be joined this Sunday by the #ECETechChat folks, a dynamic group of people dedicated to using technology responsibly, creatively and innovatively (is that a word?) in the early childhood classroom. That’s right: these are movers and shakers who love technology and are looking for ways to use the content we’re creating in their own programs. This is a no-brainer, right? Now, do you see the puzzle pieces coming together (and: are you as excited as I am)?

Led by Karen Nemeth as the official guest host but joined by several others, this will be a chat you won’t want to miss. We’ll kick things off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific, and we’ll look for YOU to join the fun!