From Picture Book to iPad App: Step 6

First things first: Did you LIKE Purple Carrot Books Facebook fan page and are you following @prplcarrotbooks on Twitter? Good! Now read on.

Step Six:

A. Illustrate Each Scene
The work at this point is heavily concentrated on the illustrations, Kate working hard at painting each scene.

All the scenes for the book and the title page have been colored.What do you think of the title page? Some of the scenes were adjusted as Kate moved through the story. You saw some of the gorgeous scenes in From Picture Book to iPad App ~ Step 5.

B. Build the App Pages and Functions
Plugging all the colored scenes from Kate’s work into a build of the app, Nur has provided a web location for us to download the progressive builds onto our iPads. That allows us to test things and give him feedback. He’s experimenting with page turning styles, built and debugged one of the games and laid-out the extended scene where the accelerometer (tilting the iPad to make things happen by the movement) will be used. Are those teasers enough for you?

C. Begin Foley Work & Plan for Marketing

I have my hands full as I figure out how to put the sound together. There’s narration for each scene, music that plays throughout the story (with an off/on button) and sound affects that happen either as a one-off (happening once during narration) event, or when a spot on the screen is touched usually involving animation.

Nur’s job is to make it all work, but I need to get all the sound files for him to insert. A good friend has offered his professional sound studio to do the sound work. Sound a bit overwhelming?

Then there’s marketing. I need to create a marketing program to introduce and get the market buzz going about the app. I’m convinced the app will sell itself, but the rub is people need to know its out there in the sea of millions of iPad apps.

BTW, in case you didn’t catch it in the last post, the publishing company for The Prisoner of Carrot Castle is called Purple Carrot Books. Did you know that carrots were originally purple? The dark-colored carrots are making a comeback. Give them a try if you see them in your local market.

It’s getting exciting, isn’t it?

Chris Pedersen and her husband live with a chocolate lab named Brandy in the beautiful Sierra foothills in California. Chris writes for children and loves crafting non-fiction stories from real life. The Prisoner of Carrot Castle is her first iPad app. Her other work in progress is a chapter book titled How I Survived Third Grade.

Published work includes Work and Wag, about dog jobs, in Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and A Saving Transformation, in THE DOG NEXT DOOR published by Revell. In addition, since conquering cancer with diet, Chris blogs about health, her heart passion, at Healthy Journey Café where she dishes out recipes and tips to achieve optimum wellness. Her writing journey is chronicled at Paws and Ponder.

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