Author Archives: David Fox

Guest Host for the 7/28/13 #storyappchat: Andrea Phillips, on Story Interaction

Andrea Phillips, award-winning transmedia writer

Andrea Phillips, award-winning transmedia writer

We’re excited to have author Andrea Phillips as our guest host this week. Andrea is an award-winning transmedia writer, game designer and author. Her book, A Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling, is published by McGraw-Hill. We’ll explore different kinds of interaction, “particularly the kind that makes the reader feel like they’ve stumbled into a piece of the story themselves. It’s a really wonderful, magical feeling. On a simple level it can be done with letters and photographs from characters in the story, but it could also be creating ways to ex. send email to a character in the story and have them email you back.”

Andrea’s work includes includes a variety of educational and commercial projects, including Floating City with Thomas Dolby, The Maester’s Path for HBO’s Game of Thrones with Campfire Media, The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour Quest with Stitch Media, America 2049 with human rights nonprofit Breakthrough, Routes Game for Channel 4 Education, the independent commercial ARG Perplex City, and The 2012 Experience for Sony Pictures.

Help us welcome Andrea to #storyappchat this Sunday, July 28, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just start including the #storyappchat hashtag to participate, or try using our new #TWUBS account, And follow @storyappchat for resources, transcripts and updates! Follow us on Facebook too. We’ll see you there.


Transcript for the 7/21/13 #storyappchat: Open Mic Night

Transcript for the 7/21/13 #storyappchat: Open Mic Night

Here’s the transcript for the July 21, 2013 #storyappchat, a weekly Twitter gathering where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. The topic for this edition was “Open Mic Night” — we chose topics on the fly including app tracking, COPPA, parents only area…

Open Mic Night for #storyappchat THIS Sunday, July 21, 2013

Plan to drop by the weekly #storyappchat this coming Sunday [July 21] at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific) for Open Mic Night. That’s right–the topic or topics are up to YOU. The possibilities are endless:

  • Writers and illustrators: ask the developers about the ins and outs of getting your story built into an app or ebook
  • Story app developers and story app service providers: meet and get to know talented digital artists and writers; find out what your users like and don’t like about your apps
  • Moms, dads, teachers and caregivers: find out about new apps for your kids, and discover how they were created

Since you can create your own topic during the chat hour, there’s no reason why we won’t be seeing YOU this Sunday night at 6 pm PT/ 9 pm ET. Use the #storyappchat hashtag, and tweet away!

P.S. Try using our new #TWUBS account, and follow @storyappchat for resources, transcripts and updates!

Transcript for the 7/29/12 #storyappchat: How can we “improve children’s literature in digital spaces”? A challenge from Daniel Donahoo

What a spirited chat tonight! Here’s the transcript.

See you next week, same time as always, 6pm PDT, 9pm EDT at #storyappchat (we recommend you use Tweetchat to help make it easier to participate).


Transcript for the 7/22/12 #storyappchat: How do you define success?

During an ‘open mic’ night for #storyappchat we talked about one of the first questions any app developer should ask, “How do you define success for your apps?” Here’s our transcript:

Next week, join us at our regular time, 6pm PDT/9pm EDT

Transcript for the 7/15/12 #storyappchat: App Marketing with Julie Brannon

We had a very informative chat tonight with app marketing expert Julie Brannon (@Julia_Brannon).

Next week, join us at our regular time, 6pm PDT/9pm EDT

Transcript for July 24 #storyappchat

Note: Brooks Jones is on summer hiatus. Carisa and I are filling in. —David Fox

Here’s our transcript for last night’s “open mike” chat. Lots of great participation from some regulars and many new faces as well. We touched on a number of topics, from the difference between an ebook and a story app, definition of animation, marketing hints, comments on story tool creation, and more.

Next week, July 31 9:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. PT),  our topic is App Marketing. Carisa will talk about this from the point of view of a reviewer, and we invite all other app developers and app developers to be to join in the discussion.

We’ve started creating a list of story app development tools (see the list in the right column). If you know of any others we should add, please let us know!