If you haven't been to a PICTOPLASMA event, go! The Pictoplasma NYC Conferencehappens February 8 & 9, 2013 and promises to be the premier event for innovative character design & animation. The line up this year includes Gemma Correll, Ryan Quincy, Buff Monster, Julia Pott, Steven Guarnaccia and more.
Found this link on the New Yorker site. Painter Jorge Columbo & poet Leigh Stein collaborate and make something new & lovely. A new kind of book trailer that can stand alone and be enjoyed, much like a music video. SO SMART, I love it! You can enjoy this as it is, or dive deeper if you want to & buy the book or a painting. This is a great way to use transmedia storytelling techniques to further engage your audience and increase your community without hitting them over the head with BUY my BOOK messaging.
The transmedia multi platform convergent resource kit(say that 5 times fast) is an amazing site designed & developed by Dr. Siobhan O'Flynn & Anthea Foyer, if you haven't seen it, go take a look.
Make sure you see the social media case study devoted to THE HUNGER GAMES. Wow.
So, are you contemplating making ebooks for kids? Maybe you're thinking about converting a title from your backlist? It's probably a good time to start. The ereading habits of digital natives are fueling the digital book revolution.
Hello there if you are reading this! Happy new year & all that. This blog has gone through many incarnations. It first started as an assignment for a NYU class called CREATING AUTHOR PLATFORMS given by the lovely Yen Cheong (BOOK PUBLICITY BLOG).
Next it was a place where I collected notes around what transmedia is and is not (transmediakids.com). That debate continues. My takeaway after reading & meeting folks at conferences is this: transmedia aka multi platform storytelling is a way to tell your story (the grand narrative as Jeff Gomez calls it) using many platforms (books, ebooks, games, apps etc).
I never promoted my content more than having it link to my beloved twitter account. Oh HOW I LOVE THEE TWITTER.
Well now it's taken another form as THESTORYBOXPILOTS.com.
As I build my tiny ULTRA LEAN STARTUP, I need a place to let off steam and be silly. Hopefully connect with other authors and illustrators experimenting and sharing lessons learned.
I want to help others as I help myself by writing about my digital journey. Stuff I wish my editors could tell me. DOH! Did I just say that in public?
LOL. That's not a personal dig, just a reflection of the rate of growth & change in our industry.
But the biggest reason I changed my BLOG VIBE is because I want to tell an authentic story. Get the conversations going between authors, illustrators and publishers. Get off the one way street. Co-create, share our creativity and make something better & bigger than our individual selves & platforms.
So, WELCOME to my MONSTER TRANSMEDIA BLOG VIBE!
Enjoy! Come say hello on twitter @cynthiajabar, I've got someone you should meet.