It has been an exciting year-and-a-half since we first released Penelope the Purple Pirate in January of 2011 through PicPocket Books. It has been a journey of ups and downs and as I was brand new to this industry – I had a lot to learn! When Penelope was first released I realized how important it was to have some reviews from the reputable app review sites such as Digital Storytime, Best Apps for Kids, Smart Apps for Kids, the iPhone Mom, Fun Educational Apps and Applicable 2U. That first month I probably sent out no less than fifty emails to mommy sites, review sites and anyone who would take my email to see if they would review Penelope as well as host a giveaway.
It hasn’t been easy as I did get grief from fellow writers that the path I was taking – making my children’s picture book into a storybook app and then into a book – was not really the way it was done. But I felt and still feel strongly that Penelope is a good role model for kids as there are not many strong female characters in books that embody the wonder of exploration and adventure so I plunged into the world of apps and publishing.
Celebration Party on July 9th at 6pm PST! I wanted to have a little celebration as we couldn’t have done it without all of me mates! The review sites and mommy sites have been so supportive as well as PicPocket Books, Technology in Education, A4cwsn, AppAble, iHelpSNKids, MWA’s and other developers! And most of all – the great crew who comes for a visit on our Facebook Page, enjoys our parties and offers suggestions and comments! That would be you!
Plus we are SO excited that Readers Favorite chose Penelope the Purple Pirate book as one of their 2012 Award Finalists! She is one of five books chosen in the preschool category. Wish us luck as the winners will be announced September 1st!http://readersfavorite.com/2012-award-contest-winners.htm
Thanks again everyone! We have some great giveaways including a $50 Gift Card, signed copies of one of Author/Illustrator Steve Bjorkman children’s books, promo codes for Garfields Boo Clips by Castle Builders and The Pirates: Band of Misfits by iStoryTime. Our party will be July 9th at 6pm PST on Penelope’s FB Page so make sure to stop by. Steve Bjorkman will be joining us and we will have more goodies to hand out during the party including more codes from iStoryTime, Castle Builders and Disney!
Good luck and please share about the party!