And to be clear, there are no gimmicks, it really is free and I do hope lots and lots of people download it. Why? Because basically, as an author I feel like I am operating with a very dim flashlight in a very dark forrest and I have no real idea what I ought to do to better support my new book and what I ought to avoid.
And so, I took a chance. Of course, taking this chance has been like going to college to earn a Masters. I can’t even tell you how many new skills sets I’ve had to sharpen.
I’ve had to work with programmers, artists, lawyers, and so on in a face-to-face, online, txt message, email manner. Literally, I had to learn how to be a foreman. And a financier, also. I paid for the development of this app entirely. Was it expensive to develop. Yes? Was it more expensive than I first thought it would be? Yes. Do I regret it? No. Does it represent a way for me to actually make any money? No. Would I still do it all over again? Yes.
So what was my goal?
1) To learn.
2) To stretch.
3) To exercise creativity.
4) To have fun.
5) To test the waters of the “new frontier”.
How will it all shake out? Perhaps one day all books will simply be apps – and this experience will have certainly proven to be of fantastic value if this is what the future holds.
Perhaps I will lay an egg and no one will download the free game. That would really stink considering I’ve got months and months of time, effort, energy and cash poured into it.
Perhaps, I will start an educational app studio to collaborate with some folks in the future.
Who knows where this will go, what fruit it will offer (if any). But life is about venturing and so, this app to me represents a new venture and I can live with that because really, at the end of my days, I just don’t want to have too many couldda, shouldda, woulddas in my heart.
Maybe I couldda, wouldda, shouldda built an App back when Apps were really starting to take off. And so I did.
If you download it (easily findable in the app store: THE NERD GIRLS GAME), I do hope this behind the scenes discussion of the how, what, why has proven to be somewhat illuminating. After all, every app has a story, right?