“This template takes the guesswork out of evaluating your idea and creating a professional storybook app proposal. The helpful checklists guarantee authors will include all the elements necessary to impress an editor.” — Laura Backes, publisher, Children’s Book Insider: The Newsletter for Children’s Writers
“This type of document is exactly what we are using to structure the interactivity for apps we produce now.” Stacey Williams-Ng, President & Creative Director – Little Bahalia Publishing
Three cheers for Julie Hedlund and her “Template for Storybook App Proposals!” I’ve finally sent off my first app proposal — something I’ve been wanting to do for nearly two years. I managed to see how one of my manuscripts could work as an app and with her template, how to put together a proposal. It’s been brilliant for me! — Rebecca Colby
The digital age of publishing has arrived. The question is not whether storybook apps will take off, but when, how, and on which platforms. The burgeoning app market provides new opportunities for authors and illustrators. Stories told in pictures can be a terrific foundation upon which to add sound, movement, animation, and other features to enhance the story. But writing storybook apps is not the same as writing picture books. Don’t take my word for it either. Here as an article featuring Kate Wilson from Nosy Crow addressing this very topic.
But how do you propose and submit storybook apps?
For the incredible price of $6.98, use this template. In it, you will find:
- A definition of storybook apps
- Step-by-step instructions for writing your own storybook app proposal
- A chart that shows you precisely what information to include in your storybook app brief
- Considerations for developing a marketing plan for your app
- Possibilities for submitting and publishing your completed proposal
- Resources for further reading on storybook apps
I developed the template after months of researching how to submit apps to e-publishers and developers, which culminated into a proposal that I used to submit my own project. Once I started submitting my proposal, I received positive feedback on the proposal structure and contents from editors and agents. I decided to turn my proposal into a template for other authors and illustrators to use.
“A very well-conceived proposal.” — Rubin Pfeffer, East-West Literary Agency (in response to the proposal I used to create this template)
“Julie Hedlund has created a very useful template for new authors considering a storybook app. If you are preparing an app proposal, this is a great place to start the process!” — Carisa Kluver, Founder of Digital-Storytime.com