It's always a bit scary to make the jump from "tradidional" publishing to e-book format. But Deborah K. Frontiera took the plunge with Pic Pocket Books, a company in the Washington D. C. area. Pic Pocket converted Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: The First Adventure to a format for iPhone and iPad, with both English and Spanish versions. It went "live" at the beginning of April, 2009 and had only six weeks out there before the semi-annual cut off for royalties. The first statement, showing those six weeks of downloads, was most encouraging. It was especially pleasant to see that people in other countries besides the USA were downloading the book.
Lynette Mattke, who owns Pic Pocket, received some great publicity during July from the Washington Post, Fox 5 News and the Huffington Post. This and other marketing efforts by Pic Pocket through Facebook, Twitter, blogs and iPhone review sites, Moms With Apps, and other outlets makes Deborah Frontiera very hopeful for the statement for the second half of 2010 which will come out at the end of January 2011. The company also received a Huggies MomInspired Grant Award from Kimberley Clark Corp. Frontiera's books were also posted through The Eco Apps site out of Japan.
Deborah's other three picture books, Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis, Eric and the Enchanged Leaf: A Night with Echo, and Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: When Earth Grows Warmer have been prepared by Pic Pocket Books and have "live" since Sep. 15, 2010, and December, 2010. Be sure to check them out. Downloads are very inexpensive.