Calling all iPad owners!
Seaborn—the iPad app—is a book and art platform for the stories, illustrations, paintings, and author notes created by me (Chris Howard) for a collected set of my works—the novel Seaborn, the graphic novel Saltwater Witch, and Seaborn's sequel, Sea Throne. Also included: character studies, timelines, maps, character lists, sample audio chapters of Seaborn, art portfolio, short stories, and chapters from the SF thriller Nanowhere.
Okay, that's the formal description of the app. It's also a discovery effort to develop the necessary components of a mobile author and artist platform.
I wanted to create something that makes it convenient to get to an author's or illustrator's work, especially the creative side-stuff we do that doesn't always have a home, some of which appears in our blogs, they're slapped up on image-sharing sites, scattered across the universe. Two things I heard over and over after Seaborn hit the shelves: "I wish there was a character list included in the book", and "how do you pronounce names like 'Kallixene'?"
My ultimate aim is to build something that brings it all together in a place that's always available—with the base assumption that very few of us go anywhere without a mobile device.
Be warned: version 1.0 has a couple embarrassing typoes--fixed in version 1.1, which should be ready for download in a few days. Version 1.0 is up now. Go get it. Grab the update when Apple pushes it to iTunes.
I'd really like some feedback on the contents, layout, the scrolling panes for Saltwater Witch, missing features, everything.
To go along with the app, I've updated the Saltwater Witch comic site, moved everything over to the actual SaltwaterWitch.com site.
Here's a set of app screenshots: