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Huggable Melodies Books & Game

I was recently commissioned to illustrate the next installment of the Huggable Melodies series, Sniffly Sandborn in a Trip to the Hospital.

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While we were creating the Amazon/Barnes & Noble versions, we also decided to publish a square format version of Picked-On Poindexter and hard cover versions for each book (coming soon).

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Since Huggable Melodies visits libraries to read the books to children, I thought it might be fun if they had a book-related game to play. I found a site called The Game Crafter that makes custom board games. You just need to supply the artwork, choose what pieces you’ll need and create the project, they’ll do the rest.

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Click the image above if you want to get a copy of the game for yourself. I don’t have any markup set on the game, so the cost reflects the price set by The Game Center just to produce each copy of the game.

Next up…Drowsy Drysdale!

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Maddie Bear’s Snack Time: Amazon Fire TV Edition

I’m very pleased to announce that Maddie Bear’s Snack Time has just been approved for the Amazon Fire TV!

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Maddie Bear’s Snack Time (Image by PlaceIt.net)

In case you’re not aware of the Fire TV, it’s Amazon’s new plug-and-play media box for your television. It gives you access to Amazon Prime movies, Netflix, and even games. It’s very similar to Apple TV, but with its own games and gaming controller. This means you can now play Maddie Bear’s Snack Time on your TV with the Fire TV remote instead of being limited to a touchscreen tablet or smartphone.

For the iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Nook Tablet versions of Maddie Bear’s Snack Time or any of my other apps, check out www.GPAnimations.com.

Maddie Bear’s Snack Time

I’m happy to announce that my latest mobile app game, “Maddie Bear’s Snack Time” is now released for iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook Tablets and Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets. Based off of the Maddie Bear book series, Maddie Bear’s Snack Time is a game where Maddie Bear tries to eat as many pieces of fruit as possible while avoiding all of the junk food. It’s an endless runner-style game that is very easy for young children to pick up.

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Kwik 3.0 Now Available

Last week, Kwiksher released their latest version of Kwik Photoshop plugin. I was fortunate enough to be part of the beta testing, and helped CEO Alex Souza discover some of the bugs before the final version was released.

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I was even able to release Maddie Bear’s Birthday for the iPad using the beta version of Kwik.

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Kwik now is compatible with Corona SDK’s new storyboard tool called “Composer” as well as their new Graphics 2.0 anchor point system. It offers a revamped interface and a plethora of new features and settings that were not available in previous versions. You can now add monetization with iAds and AdMob, splash screens, in-app purchases if you’re a Corona Basic, Pro or Enterprise subscriber, and you no longer have to deal with the annoying task of enabling Adobe Flash to run the plugin.

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Kwik has also switched over to a subscription business model to allow for more updates in order to keep up with the ever changing world of mobile app development. When Apple or Android make a change to their operating systems, Corona Labs has to follow suit, which in turn makes Kwiksher have to follow their lead.

There is also another huge benefit to their new subscription model. Let’s say you have an idea for a storybook app, but you’re not ready to make a huge investment in software in case your app doesn’t make you a lot of money or in case you just don’t end up liking app development. You can download the Corona Lab’s Starter Kit for free and then just do a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription to Kwik, depending on how long you’ll need it.

You can also have your script reviewed, have video chat support, and pretty soon, Kwiksher can even publish your app to all of the major app store for you via their services program.

My latest book, Maddie Bear’s Birthday, would have taken much, much longer to develop had I not used Kwik. It saved me days worth of coding. Check out my app at MaddieBearBooks.com to see what is possible with Kwik.

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Maddie Bear’s Birthday for iPad

Maddie Bear’s Birthday: iPad App Coming Soon!

I’m happy to announce that I just uploaded version 1.0 of the Maddie Bear’s Birthday app to Apple for approval.

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Approval process is usually about two weeks, so hopefully soon you’ll be able to pick up your copy! The iPad version differs from the paperback in that it contains a spot the difference mini game, animations, music and sound effects. Sometimes it’s nice to have a version with all of the bells and whistles and sometimes it’s nice to have a regular book, so that’s why I wanted to create both versions.

You can still pick up a copy of the autographed book bundle from www.MaddieBearBooks.com!

Maddie Bear’s Birthday: On Amazon!

I’m very happy to officially announce that the first installment of my new children’s book series is available on Amazon.com!

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I’m also offering autographed copies through www.MaddieBearBooks.com. Each autographed copy comes with (3) 3″x3″ Maddie Bear Stickers and a small, hand-drawn character sketch. I’m not sure how long I’ll be offering the autographed copies, it depends how long I can keep up with the demand of drawing and coloring the sketches. I’m hoping to get the first batch mailed out by early February depending on Amazon’s production time.

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Please note that if you’re purchasing the autographed copy, there’s a section to enter to whom the autograph should be addressed. It’s pretty small on the PayPal site, so it’s very easy to overlook.

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After you’re done reading it, I’d really appreciate if you could write a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Thank you to everyone for your support and for everyone who has bought a copy and spread the word.

Now onto the iPad and Kindle Fire app versions…

Pre-Advertising

I still have two more pages of my next children’s book to draw, but just because it isn’t finished doesn’t mean I can wait to advertise it. Once the drawings are finalized, I still have to do minor revisions, export for print, send the files to Amazon, proof the book and then make available…and that’s just for the print version. The app version will open a whole other Pandora’s box of goodies.

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However, the book is far enough along where I need to start getting the word out. I’ve already reserved the placeholder website: www.MaddieBearBooks.com, created a Facebook page, Twitter account, and even Instagram. I’ve been brainstorming ideas how to create more interest such as an in-app purchase inside the app that allows you to buy the paperback version of the book, a limited edition autographed version of the book, stickers, posters, and prints.

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It’s my goal to turn this into a regular book series that I can continue to draw for years to come, so branding will be important. However, I’m still not certain how much money, if any, I’ll be willing to spend on advertising and marketing. I think initially I’ll try social media and word-of-mouth to see how far that goes and determine the next step from there. What are some ideas that you’ve come up with for marketing your products?

Huge Sale at Packt Publishing

The good folks at Packt Publishing have notified me of a sale, that I definitely think is worth sharing. From now until January 3, 2014, every eBook and eLearning video on their site is just $5. So if you ever wanted to learn Corona SDK, Cocos2D, Objective-C, Java, Titanium, or anything else, now is definitely the time.

You don’t need a promo code or anything, just visit this link and buy up as many books as you can for $5 each.