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Transcript for 1/22/12 #storyappchat: Melissa Northway

Lively and interesting chat tonight with our special guest host @MelissaNorthway, writer of the Penelope the Purple Pirate storybook app. Lots of great conversation, comments and questions–see for yourself in the transcript above, and make plans to join us next week for an open discussion about iBooks2, iBooks Author and the pros and cons of this new model.

See you then (1/29/12) at 9:00 p.m. ET!

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Guest Host for 1/22/12 #storyappchat: Melissa Northway!

We are so excited to share our special guest host for this Sunday’s (January 22) #storyappchat: Melissa Northway, author of Penelope the Purple Pirate!

Penelope the Purple Pirate is a delightful story about a little girl who turns her room into a swashbucklin’ pirate adventure. Northway came up with the story while creating bedtime stories for her daughter Kate:

My husband and I have to be pretty creative in coming up with new adventures each night. That is how Penelope the Purple Pirate came about. My husband was talking about “Red Beard” and his adventures with Kate. That night I wrote Penelope the Purple Pirate.

The Penelope story is now available both in print and in Kindle format, but it started as a storybook app from PicPocket Books.

In addition to answering your questions, Northway will be giving away promo codes for Penelope and more! Of course, you are welcome to check out the app ahead of time too. Bring your questions for Melissa, and we will see you this Sunday (January 22) at 9:00 p.m. EST!

Transcript for July 3 #storyappchat

Right in the middle of celebrating the nation’s birthday, several of us convened for a lively discussion of storybook apps with guest host Lynette Mattke, CEO of PicPocket Books. Here’s some of what was shared:

On how PicPocket Books was started:

@PicPocketBooks: My daughter was a struggling reader. I wanted a good book option that had audio, pics and text.

On what PicPocket Books looks for in a storybook app:

@PicPocketBooks: We like stories from different authors, publishers. Esp. ones that champion diversity. We like books, stories that broaden horizons.

@PicPocketBooks: I think that for a book app to work, it has to also work as a traditional story.

@PicPocketBooks: We’re currently accepting submissions for publication on our platform. So if you have a finished illustrated story, send it in!

Lots more was discussed, including Lynette’s current ‘wish list’ for story themes, how long it usually takes to get an app made, and pros and cons of using a DIY service vs. choosing an app publisher for a story. And I gave away two copies of I Don’t Like Pink!, my storybook app recently published by PicPocket Books. Congrats to @mindouglas and @mimicross!

Check back here in a bit for the next topic, and we will look for YOU this Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Happy Birthday, USA!

PicPocket Books to Host 7/3 #storyappchat!

PicPocket BooksLynette Mattke, co-founder and publisher of PicPocket Books will guest host THIS Sunday’s (July 3) #storyappchat! As many of you know, PicPocket Books is a prominent publisher of children’s book apps–the company has more than 100 apps in the Apple App Store.

This will be a great opportunity for writers/illustrators to find out more about how to get a storybook app published, and to discover more about what PicPocket Books is looking for in their next collection of apps. Bring your questions for Lynette and we look forward to seeing you at 9:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 3. In the meantime, visit the PicPocket Books website at http://www.picpocketbooks.com.

I Don't Like Pink!And: as a special bonus, Brooks will be giving away two copies of I Don’t Like Pink!, her storybook app published recently by PicPocket Books. Join us!