I have been tracking our stats in the search engines and noticed last week that The Day I Became A Pirate is doing really well for several popular book searches.
It looks like Amazon has noticed, too…
Amazon sells a book titled ‘How I Became A Pirate‘, which is a popular and very nicely done pirate book that has gone on to spawn plays and various other media offshoots. The book ‘How I Became A Pirate‘ is quite wonderful, and deserves every bit of the attention it has received.
It looks like Amazon has noticed that my book is doing fairly well for searches in the pirate book genre, and they have taken to starting up a PPC advertising campaign using the words ‘Day I Became A Pirate‘. -Very clever, indeed.
I must admit it does seem a bit ‘poachy’ to use the word ‘day’ in their advertising, since it is the primary distinction between ‘The Day I Became A Pirate‘ and ‘How I Became A Pirate‘. Regardless, I think I can consider this to be among the highest forms of flattery; It’s not every day that an online powerhouse makes a move to advertise against a fledgeling newcomer.
Check it out yourself: Do a search for ‘the day i became a pirate’ and notice that ‘Day I Became A Pirate‘ at Amazon comes up in the first PPC location. The word ‘day’ doesn’t appear in the title of ‘How I Became A Pirate‘ (the book being advertised), and the PPC ad only appeared in the last few weeks, indicating that they noticed my book and are working to compete directly against it in search results.
-Looks like we’re getting noticed!
If you are looking for a fun printed book to read to the kids, How I Became A Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon is a great choice. If you are looking for an interactive pirate book to read on your iPhone or iPad, The Day I Became A Pirate is always my top recommendation.
The Day I Became A Pirate has been named a finalist by judges for Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards! …in two categories!
The Day I Became A Pirate Book App has been selected as a finalist in two categories for Dan Poynter’s prestigious Global eBook Awards. Categories include Best Illustration In Children’s Fiction, and Best Multimedia In An eBook.
Winners will be announced at the Global Ebook Awards ceremony and dinner in Santa Barbara on August 18, 2012 and will be posted online August 20, 2012.
Finalists were selected by a panel of judges from a pool of over 250 specialized category experts. Judges range from book bloggers to reviewers, librarians, book club, and reading circle members, as well as professional critics and subject matter experts in the category they prefer.
Books are judged both objectively and subjectively, incorporating a standardized score sheet for objective metrics and considerations for subjective input from industry experts.
The Day I Became A Pirate is a children’s book for the iPad, available in the iTunes App Store. As recognized by Dan Poynter’s organization, The Day I Became A Pirate features outstanding illustrations and engaging multimedia including sounds, voices, and character animation. The well-received rhyming story is interesting, fun and exciting and very entertaining for children ages 5 and up. The book app includes two puzzles that can be solved by finding hidden messages, and features a first-of-its-kind Pirate X-Ray Machine.
More information an links can be found at http://thedayibecameapirate.com
Shiver me timbers! Christian, pictured here, is the winner of our last Pirate Booty giveaway!
He won the necklace featuring characters from three awesome pirate books including The Day I Became A Pirate, Penelope The Purple Pirate, and Treasure Kai.
Christian’s mom (who helped him with the plunderin’) reports that he received it as a special gift at a conference he was attending, and ran around late into the night looking for locks to try with the key that was included.
I hope Christian continues to enjoy the necklace, and that he will eventually find a box of treasure to open with that key! Keep those pirates with you to remind you that every day is an adventure; Yarrr, me hardy!
-Thanks, Christian, for being such a good sport, and for sharing your photo with us to hang here in our Gallery of Pirates.