Sunday, 9 February 2014

Taking that first step along the book app route

If you read my previous blog then you'll know that I'm very interested in turning the Burly & Grum Tales into book apps. I have had some reservations because most book apps for children consist of pictures that the child can interact with whereas Burly and Grum have a few black and white pictures scattered throughout the stories. But it's quality, not quantity that counts isn't it?! The Burly & Grum drawings are brilliant and will come alive even more if I can somehow make them animated and interactive. Simon's Cat is black and white and look what happened there so nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that! 

I discovered a great site called Authorly - it's relatively new and the founders had the brilliant idea of encouraging authors to convert their books into apps for free. They provide the technical backup and support but basically an author just gets on with it (although they do have a production service for those who don't want to do it on their own). I have been a quaking my proverbial boots, but do you know what? I learnt to self publish when heck, I hadn't even heard of a kindle! I've learnt so much over the last couple of years that it makes my head spin and yes, I want to learn more! Why not?

In case you're wondering why there are odd Halloween pictures scattered throughout this blog it's because I've chosen Burly & Grum's Halloween Adventure as the first short story I'm going to convert. I've chosen it primarily because it's already an audio book it so adding word by word narration should be straightforward. She says optimistically. It will be another fascinating journey and I'll let you know how I get on!