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Time Traveler Tours & Tales Will Now Turn History On

GROUNDBREAKING DIGITAL FIRST MULTIPLATFORM
KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN IS A SUCCESS

A Kickstarter “Staff Pick”
A Best Crowd-funded Literary Project, The Guardian

(July 1, 2015: New York, New York) – Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Time Traveler Tours & Tales, a ground-breaking publishing imprint that combines the traditional power of story with the magic of the touch screen to create portals to the past, will launch its first project. In the Footsteps of Giants, the story of the making of Michelangelo’s David, by international bestselling author Mary Hoffman, is tentatively slated for release in spring 2016. The digital-first, multiplatform company raised $41,491 thanks to the support of 277 backers, exceeding its goal of $40,000 to create a story-driven app. The print, audio, and interactive eBook editions of the tale will follow.

“Before seeking investment capital to build our imprint, we decided to take our idea to the crowd, to ask them what they thought it. I’m thrilled at their collective endorsement!” said Sarah Towle, founder and award-winning author and creator of TTT&T.

With the completion of the campaign and these secured funds, TTT&T is now able to produce Hoffman’s StoryApp Tour, while simultaneously building the architectural foundation for a digital publishing engine dedicated to bringing historic events and places to life for young readers, thus changing the face of cultural education. Future story-driven app projects include The American Revolution, The Civil War, and World War II.

As a StoryApp Tour, In The Footstep of Giants will allow reader/users to meet the young model who posed for David; go behind the scenes touring Florence and walk the streets Michelangelo walked; view archival images; hunt for historical artifacts; and engage with interactive puzzles and games. The print, audio, and eBook will take readers on a similar narrative journey, revealing how the artist came to immortalize the biblical hero King David who became a Florentine symbol for republican ideals.

Many kids (and even some adults) find it hard to grasp the distant past; they find history boring. With TTT&T’s virtual tours, people and places come alive. They are no longer just facts in a textbook, but encourage kids to literally, and figuratively, #TurnHistoryOn. Some educators call this “Place-Based Education”—learning through the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art of a particular place. And while the books will be great classroom companions, the apps will be fun for those interested in exploring historic places, art, and events, whether on their own or traveling in school or family groups.

To learn more about the conversation on Twitter, use the TTT&T hashtag: #TurnHistoryOn.


ABOUT THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN:

  • Ran May 19, 2015 through June 26, 2015
  • Goal: Raise $40,000 to create the interactive In the Footsteps of Giants story-driven app and the framework for future apps
  • Incentive gifts included but were not limited to:
    • limited edition Roxie Munro art work,
    • custom live tour of the App,
    • consultations with publishing professionals, and
    • a collection of seasonal Tuscan recipes by Florentine Chef Vincenzo Ferrera of Osteria del Porcellino

Visit the Kickstarter campaign at: http://bitly.com/1JwXHf2


ABOUT TIME TRAVEL TOURS & TALES: The imprint’s first title, Beware Madame la Guillotine: A Revolutionary Tour of Paris, by Sarah Towle, reveals the history of the French Revolution through the eyes and experiences of young murderess Charlotte Corday. It hit the App Store July 2011, and went on to receive numerous accolades, including:

  • Apple New & Noteworthy
  • School Library Journal Top 10 App
  • Teachers with Apps Top 10 Tried & True Classroom App
  • World Youth and Student Educational Travel Confederation Top 10 Educational Travel App

In July 2013, Teacher With Apps honored the App again, certifying it as an “Educational App of Distinction,” one of 25 apps that “go above and beyond excellent.” The English-language interactive book version of Beware of Madame la Guillotine launched in iBookstores worldwide February 2012; the French version in 2013; and the English-language print edition in 2014.

TTT&T annually donates a percentage of its profits to literacy organizations in developing nations.

For more information visit: www.timetravelertours.com;
Follow @StoryAppTales
Like on Facebook: TimeTravelerTours

 

ABOUT SARAH TOWLE:  Sarah Towle writes creative nonfiction stories that bring history to life through first-person storytelling and interactive games. Her concept combines the traditional power of narrative with the latest in mobile technology to put the past at the tips of your fingers. It represents a new model in digital publishing. Sarah blogs about writing, app development, tech in education, and digital publishing at www.sarahtowle.com. She has presented at industry events in Europe and North America, including SCBWI-LA, NESCBWI, and O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing. She can also be found regularly in International Schools around the globe as a guest teacher and lecturer. Follow her @TowleSarah

ABOUT MARY HOFFMAN: Mary Hoffman is a journalist, and international bestselling author of more than 90 books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Stravaganza series, a time-travel, historical adventure set in historic Italy. She has three grown children and divides her time between Oxford, England and Italy. For more information visit her at maryhoffman.co.uk and follow her @MARYHOFFMAN

 

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Kickstarting a Books Revolution: The Literary Crowdfunding Boom

theguardian.com's, Marta Bausells, Community Manager for Arts & Culture, picks Time Traveler Tours' crowd-funding campaign as the #2 of Top 10 literary projects on Kickstarter!!!

From The Guardian:

As the digital revolution gathers pace, the pressures on writers and publishers only increase. But authors, magazines and independent presses are starting to respond to the challenge of the online world by turning to the internet themselves, reaching out to readers through crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter.

Since launching in 2009, Kickstarter has seen $70m pledged to projects in the site’s publishing category. But recent years have seen the number of successul books-related projects more than double, from 735 in 2011 to 2064 in 2014.

According to Kickstarter’s publishing outreach lead, Margot Atwell, the book industry has lagged behind gaming, technology and design, perhaps because “traditional publishing can be a little conservative and risk averse”. But “lately we’re seeing more authors and high profile publishers,” Atwell says. “They’re becoming a critical mass and people are starting to notice it more.”

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Digital First Multiplatform Company, Time Traveler Tours & Tales, Launches $40,000 Kickstarter Campaign

RAISES 60% OF ITS GOAL IN ONE WEEK!

(June 1, 2015: New York, New York) – Time Traveler Tours & Tales, a ground-breaking publishing imprint that combines the traditional power of story with the magic of the touch screen to create portals to the past, made it more than halfway to its Kickstarter campaign goal of $40k in one week. Now ten days in, the campaign – which runs to June 26 – has brought in 80 backers pledging more than $25k and been named a “Kickstarter Staff Pick.” Time Traveler Tours & Tales aims to bring immersive historical tales to life in app and book form for teens and tweens.

“Our hope going into the campaign was to raise 20% in the first week. By the time our launch event at KidLit TV began, four hours after going live, we’d already hit 22%. So we decided to go for 50% in one week at which point we’d hit 60. I can’t tell you how gratifying and exciting it is to feel the crowd saying ‘Yes! We like your concept and want to help make it happen!” said Sarah Towle, founder and award-winning author and creator of TTT&T.

The Team’s initial project is In the Footsteps of Giants, the story of the making of Michelangelo’s statue, David, by international bestselling author Mary Hoffman. The story-driven app will allow users to meet the young model who posed for David, go behind the scenes touring Florence and walk the streets Michelangelo walked, view archival images, hunt for historical artifacts, and take part in interactive puzzles and games. The book will take readers on a narrative fictionalized journey of how the artist came to immortalize the biblical hero King David who became a symbol of the defense of civil liberties. When TTT&T meets its monetary goal, it will have the means to not only bring this suite of apps and book to fruition, but to create the architectural framework to enable them to bring many more stories and places to life for young readers. Future story-driven app projects include The American Revolution, The Civil War, and World War II.

Many kids (and adults) find it hard to grasp the distant past; they find history boring. But with TTT&T’s virtual tours, people and places come alive and are no longer just facts in a textbook, thereby encouraging kids to literally and figuratively turn history on. Some educators call this “Place-Based Education”—learning through the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art of a particular place—, and while the apps and books will be great classroom companions, they will also be fun for readers interested in exploring the world, art and story, and for traveling families.

“History is a million stories waiting to be told. It’s cool people, great adventures, beautiful art that helps us understand who we are and where we’re going,” said Towle. “But who wants to read a text book? We immerse readers in the stories through colorful characters, and all at the tips of their fingers”

Follow the conversation and learn more at #TurnHistoryOn.

 

ABOUT THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN:

  • Runs May 19, 2015 through June 26, 2015

  • Goal: Raise $40,000 to create the interactive “In the Footsteps of Giants” story-driven app and the framework for future apps, and print and distribute the companion book

  • Incentive gifts include but are not limited to: limited edition Roxie Munro art work, custom live tour of the App, consultations with publishing professionals, and a collection of seasonal Tuscan recipes by Florentine Chef Vincenzo Ferrera of Osteria del Porcellino

Visit the Kickstarter campaign here.

 

ABOUT TIME TRAVEL TOURS & TALES:
The imprint’s first title, Beware Madame la Guillotine: A Revolutionary Tour of Paris, by Sarah Towle, reveals the history of the French Revolution through the eyes and experiences of young murderess Charlotte Corday. It hit the App Store July 2011, and went on to receive numerous accolades, including:

  • A School Library Journal Top 10 App

  • A Teachers with Apps Top 10 Tried & True Classroom App

  • A World Youth and Student Educational Travel Confederation Top 10 Educational Travel App

In July 2013, Teacher With Apps honored the App again, certifying it as an “Educational App of Distinction,” one of 25 apps that “go above and beyond excellent.” The English-language interactive book version of Beware of Madame la Guillotine launched in iBookstores worldwide February 2013.

TTT&T annually donates a percentage of its profits to literacy organizations in developing nations.

For more information visit:
www.timetravelertours.com
follow @StoryAppTales

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ABOUT SARAH TOWLE: 
Sarah Towle writes creative nonfiction that bring history to life through first-person storytelling and interactive games. Her concept combines the traditional power of narrative with the latest in mobile technology to put the past at the tips of your fingers. It represents a new model in digital publishing. Sarah blogs about writing, app development, tech in education, and digital publishing at www.sarahtowle.com. She has presented at industry events in Europe and North America, including SCBWI-FR, SCBWI-Europolitan, SCBWI-LA, NESCBWI, and O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing. She can also be found regularly in International Schools around the globe as a guest teacher and lecturer. Follow her @TowleSarah

ABOUT MARY HOFFMAN:
Mary Hoffman is a journalist, and international bestselling author of more than 90 books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Stravaganza series, a time-travel, historical adventure set in Renaissance Italy. She has three grown children and divides her time between Oxford, England and Italy. For more information visit her at maryhoffman.co.uk and follow her @MARYHOFFMAN

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Help Turn History on with Time Traveler Tours & Tales

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Digital First Multiplatform Company Launches $40,000 Kickstarter Campaign


(May, 2015: New York, New York)–Time Traveler Tours & Tales, an imprint that combines the traditional power of the story with the magic of the touch screen to create portals to the past, is launching a Kickstarter campaign May 19, 2015, to raise $40,000 to bring its immersive stories to life in app and book form. The initial project is In the Footsteps of Giants, the story of the making of Michelangelo’s statue, David, by international bestselling author Mary Hoffman. The story-driven app will allow users to meet the young model who posed for David, go behind the scenes touring Florence and walk the streets Michelangelo walked, view archival images, hunt for historical artifacts, and take part in interactive puzzles and games. The book will take readers on a narrative fictionalized journey of how the artist came to immortalize the biblical hero King David who became a symbol of the defense of civil liberties. When TTT&T meets its monetary goal, it will have the means to not only bring this suite of apps and book to fruition, but to create the architectural framework to enable them to bring many more stories and places to life for young readers. Future story-driven app projects include The American Revolution, The Civil War, and World War II. The company’s debut tale to the French Revolution is already available through Apple and Amazon.

Many kids (and adults) find it hard to grasp the distant past; they find history boring. But with TTT&T’s virtual tours, people and places come alive and are no longer just facts in a textbook, thereby encouraging kids to literally and figuratively turn history on. Some educators call this “Place-Based Education”—learning through the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art of a particular place—, and while the apps and books will be great classroom companions, they will also be fun for readers interested in exploring the world, art and story, and for traveling families.

“History is a million stories waiting to be told. It’s cool people, great adventures, beautiful art that helps us understand who we are and where we’re going,” said Sarah Towle, founder and award-winning author and creator of TTT&T. “But who wants to read a text book? We immerse readers in the stories through colorful characters, and all at the tips of their fingers”

Follow the conversation and learn more at #TurnHistoryOn.

ABOUT THE TTT&T KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN:

  • Runs May 19, 2015 through June 26, 2015

  • Goal: Raise $40,000 to create the interactive “In the Footsteps of Giants” story-driven app and the framework for future apps, and print and distribute the companion book

  • Incentive gifts include but are not limited to: limited edition Roxie Munro art work, custom live tour of the App, consultations with publishing professionals, and a collection of seasonal Tuscan recipes by Florentine Chef Vincenzo Ferrera of Osteria del Porcellino

Visit the Kickstarter campaign at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2091425754/768900163?token=018a06fa

ABOUT TIME TRAVEL TOURS & TALES: The imprint’s first title, Beware Madame la Guillotine: A Revolutionary Tour of Paris, by Sarah Towle, reveals the history of the French Revolution through the eyes and experiences of young murderess Charlotte Corday. It hit the App Store July 2011, and went on to receive numerous accolades, including:

  • A School Library Journal Top 10 App

  • A Teachers with Apps Top 10 Tried & True Classroom App

  • A World Youth and Student Educational Travel Confederation Top 10 Educational Travel App

In July 2013, Teacher With Apps honored the App again, certifying it as an “Educational App of Distinction,” one of 25 apps that “go above and beyond excellent.” The English-language interactive book version of Beware of Madame la Guillotine launched in iBookstores worldwide February 2013.

TTT&T annually donates a percentage of its profits to literacy organizations in developing nations. For more information on the imprint visit: www.timetravelertours.com and follow them @StoryAppTales

ABOUT SARAH TOWLE:  Sarah Towle writes creative nonfiction that bring history to life through first-person storytelling and interactive games. Her concept combines the traditional power of narrative with the latest in mobile technology to put the past at the tips of your fingers. It represents a new model in digital publishing. Sarah blogs about writing, app development, tech in education, and digital publishing at www.sarahtowle.com. She has presented at industry events in Europe and North America, including SCBWI-FR, SCBWI-Europolitan, SCBWI-LA, NESCBWI, and O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing. She can also be found regularly in International Schools around the globe as a guest teacher and lecturer. Follow her @towlesarah

ABOUT MARY HOFFMAN: Mary Hoffman is a journalist, and international bestselling author of more than 90 books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Stravaganza series, a time-travel, historical adventure set in Renaissance Italy. She has three grown children and divides her time between Oxford, England and Italy. For more information visit her at maryhoffman.co.uk and follow her @MARYHOFFMAN

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Time Traveler Tours & Tales Signs Award-Winning Author to Launch its List

Mary Hoffman to Collaborate with the International Digital Start-Up

(LONDON, Monday, 23 March) – Time Traveler Tours & Tales, a newly launched digital-first, multi-platform publisher dedicated to bringing the past to life for children and teens, is pleased to announce that internationally renowned author Mary Hoffman is the first writer to join its ranks with In The Footsteps Of Giants (2016), an interactive story-based quest through Renaissance Florence. And Hoffman, who has transported readers to Renaissance Italy with her acclaimed Stravaganza series, is the perfect companion for this start-up whose mission is to make history exciting.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Mary Hoffman by my side as we embark on this new publishing adventure,” says Publisher Sarah Towle. “Her participation is the best possible validation that we’re onto something with the Time Traveler Tours & Tales concept, mission, and vision. My daughter, a huge Stravaganza fan, is possibly even more chuffed than I am!”

Narrated by Michelangelo’s invented “milk brother” and model for the colossal statue, In the Footsteps of Giants promises a radical unveiling of the making of the David. It’s an intimate view of a genius, whose brilliance flourished on the mean streets of the de’ Medici. Emma D. Dryden of drydenbks, who has worked with such award-winning and bestselling authors as Ellen Hopkins, Karma Wilson, Susan Cooper, and Cornelia Funke, will edit the project.

“We are all of us living in history – we just don’t know it,” says Hoffman, “just as Michelangelo was when he unveiled his masterpiece in 1503. I wanted to create a story-based quest through Renaissance Florence that evokes the feeling of seeing something so extraordinary as his giant sculpture for the very first time. Who better to do this with than a visionary imprint passionate about making its own unique mark in history, despite being surrounded by giants?”

In addition to sharing a love for history and storytelling, Hoffman and Towle both boast backgrounds in linguistics and literature, each spending time in literacy education before migrating to writing full time. Hoffman has been a freelance, self-employed writer since the mid-80s. She writes across the age span, and has published over 100 books, including the four picture books and three storybooks in the Grace series, which have together sold over a million and a half copies. Besides being longlisted for the Carnegie award with a couple of the Stravaganza titles, her first historical novel, The Falconer’s Knot, was shortlisted for The Guardian Children's Book and North East Teenage Book Awards, as was Troubadour for the Costa. She won the School Library Association’s first Information Book Award with The Great Big Book of Families, illustrated by Ros Asquith and was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2011. (For more about Mary Hoffman, visit her website: www.maryhoffman.co.uk.)

Hoffman and Towle will both be at the 2015 Bologna Children’s and London Book Fairs and are available for interviews.

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Time Traveler Tours & Tales is an up-and-coming digital-first, multi-platform publishing imprint dedicated to bringing the past to life for children and youth. The company mission is to ensure that no child ever says history is boring again. TTT&T does this by marrying the traditional power of narrative storytelling with the latest in digital technology to make history leap from the screen at the tips of the fingers. Guided by real historical characters, reader/users become witness to history, discovering yesteryear’s most seminal moments in the company of those who made it.

The hallmark concept of Time Traveler Tours & Tales is the title suite: each story adapted across the mobile, tablet, audio, and print formats to give it the broadest possible reach. The first title suite in the TTT&T library, Beware Madame La Guillotine, A Revolutionary Tour Of Paris, launched to raves in 2011 as a French-English bilingual StoryApp Tour for educational tourism. It was subsequently published as an interactive eBook for the school and library market, and came out last year in print. In The Footsteps Of Giants will launch as a mobile Story App Tour and in digital, audio, and paperback editions.

For Further Information, please contact:
Sarah Towle
stowle@timetravelertours.com

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Bluespark Labs Joins Team TTT&T to Help Power Up the Time Traveler Tours Publishing Engine

Team TTT&T has just switched into a whole new gear, joining forces with the creative digital development agency, Bluespark Labs, to power up the Time Traveler Tours concept and vision with a spanky new app publishing engine.

Blending the talents of our respective teams, we will collaborate to unite the best in interactive storytelling with the latest in mobile technology to revolutionize the discovery of history and culture, and along with it, educational tourism.

Or aim:
To produce interactive mobile tours—both branded as well as white-label—to the world’s most popular historic destinations, museums, and other cultural institutions. Content for our branded mobile StoryApp Tours will feed and be fed by the publication of Titles Suites, making the same story available across multiple formats.

Our audience:
Youth. And the young at heart.

Our mission:
To bring history and culture to life through story and games, at the tips of your fingers.
 

Time Traveler Tours mobile publications usher users on treasure hunts through time, guided by history’s most colorful characters. Our debut StoryApp Tour, ParisAppTours: Beware Madame la Guillotine, A Revolutionary Tour of Paris, earned numerous Top 10 App distinctions and garnered stellar reviews, such as this one by Daryl Grabarek, reviewer for School Library Journal's Touch & Go, Guide to the Best Apps for Children and Teens:

“Drama of historical proportions, an awesome guide, games and challenges, what more could a teen on vacation ask for?”

The award-winning story kicked off the creation of a suite of products—for print, tablet, and eReader— along with the birth of a second digital imprint, Time Traveler Tales. With our first story now traversing the formats, we are able to bring quality interactive content to all readers where they want it most.

The TTT&T Author Atelier, a growing alliance of writers of narrative nonfiction and historical fiction is now fast at work, helping to position Time Traveler Tours & Tales to scale its unique concept worldwide.

To our great fortune, Bluespark Labs boasts a special affinity for international travel and culture. Merging thoughtful user experiences, beautiful interface designs, and powerful web and mobile platforms, they design and build apps that people love.

Bluespark Founder & Principal, Michael Tucker, was taken with the Time Traveler Tours concept from the early beta-testing days of the Beware Madame la Guillotine mobile StoryApp, when he accidentally shared a day out and about in Paris with Sarah and her story’s protagonist, Charlotte Corday.

Now he and his partner, Ronald Ashri, have engaged their team to power up the Time Traveler Tours app publishing engine with state-of-the-art features and functionality.

The coming technical platform will enable Team TTT&T to produce interactive mobile media at a competitive cost. This will include content published under the Time Traveler Tours trademark, as well as that tailor-made to highlight the historical legacy of museums, monuments, and other cultural institutions, worldwide.
 

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Cultural Institutions:
Are you looking for an affordable solution to building interactive apps and other educational media for your organization? You need search no further.

Engage us! That's what we do best.

Authors:
Do you have a dramatic historic tale to tell?

Consider joining Team TTT&T! We are open for submissions.

 

For more information about our collaborative opportunities for authors and organizations, contact:

Sarah Towle
Founder & Creative Director
Time Traveler Tours & Tales

 

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