Enhanced e-books have had a rough start. There is a lot of potential for mixing story and media, but very few companies have unlocked how best to pull this off. Booktrack is one of those rare companies. All it takes is reading one story with a Booktrack to see the potential. To see what I mean, take a break and go check out the first SAND book right here. It’s quick and free. The audio and sound effects you’ll hear were put together by Peter Jackson’s sound team in New Zealand. I got goosebumps as I read this story again.
Beyond the reading, the other side to Booktrack is the ease with which you can create your own soundscape for your stories. A mix of Wattpad and ACX, Booktrack is a brilliant writing platform as well as an aural creation platform. You just write or copy in your story, choose from the tens of thousands of mood tracks and effects, and layer them in. It’s so easy that schools are using Booktrack. Kids are not only getting exciting about reading by using Booktrack, they are retaining more of what they read!
Seriously, I haven’t been this jazzed about a new way to read (and write) in forever. I’ve had readers send me songs over the years inspired by my works, and now those creative folks can be turned loose on the books they love. In fact, we want to help you all see how easy and fun it is by having a contest. With over $20,000 in cash prizes!
We have taken my novel HALF WAY HOME (my wife’s favorite) and made it free to read on Booktrack. There are two competitions here. You can use Booktrack Studio to write your own HALF WAY HOME fan fiction and give it an immersive soundtrack. The winner will get $5,000 and editorial feedback from me (the latter is punishment, believe me).
There is also a soundtrack competition where you create or mix existing audio for a chapter from HALF WAY HOME. Again, the winner gets $5,000 and the chance to soundtrack my novel THE HURRICANE. The rest of the prizes and all the details can be found right here at the page set up just for this contest.