Children’s author Elizabeth O. Dulemba has a new children’s book released as an app for the iPhone. For $1.99 you get a sliding page story, plus Elizabeth herself reading the pages to you. The child reading/listening to the book can keep their own pace turning the pages – and we all know how easy it is for a child to operate an iPhone. Freebird loved having a story to read and listen to while we were waiting in a restaurant, and when I was in the doctor’s waiting office this weekend, I lent my phone to another mom whose 4 year old was ready to start climbing the walls from boredom.
What a smart way to promote yourself. Christine tells me that as a children’s librarian she loves finding authors who offer other items as promotional tools, and Dulemba releases a weekly coloring sheet to those on her mailing list (Boy, howdy, am I signing up for that now).
This got my thinking: how can romance authors use iPhone apps as reading options and promotional tools? What additional promotional items can a romance author offer to promote herself in between books? Dulemba is in a unique position in that she is both an author and illustrator (and her illustrations are SO cute) but I think there’s room for romance authors to offer similar products, especially as apps.
Of course, with the iPhone, there’s that lovely approval process for submissions, with the possibility that one throbbing member might keep you out of the App store. But the collection of phones coming out that will also accept apps and user-generated content should make that easier for folks who want to try it.
Would that interest you as a reader? Or have you seen a unique app that would work for an author?