Local authors make a splash in iTunes App store
By Debbie Gardner
Assistant Managing Editor
SOMERS, CONN. Former East Longmeadow High School graduates Bob Raina (class of 1991), his wife Karen (class of 1992) and his brother-in-law Rob Desilets (class of 1990) recently scored a coup in the world of mobile publishing.
The Apple iTunes App store picked up the trio's first self-published children's e-book, "There's a Monster in My Tummy," on its "What's Hot" listing for late October.
"There are thousands of apps and it was chosen to be on there . that's pretty good," Raina told Reminder Publicaitons.
The Rainas and Desiletes are the principals in a new company, Colorworks Designs, based out of the Raina's home in Somers, Conn. Bob wrote and illustrated the e-picture book, which targets children age four and up.
"Essentially it's about a little boy who hears a rumbling in his stomach and associates that with monsters being in there," Bob said.
Karen, a second-grade teacher at Fozzi Elementary School in West Springfield, acted as the book's editor and Desilets wrote the programming to "make it all work"
Bob added the e-book was truly a family affair, with his daughters Delani, six, and Halle, seven, providing voice-overs for the monster audio and Desiletes six-year-old son, Frank, filling the role of narrator.
Bob said e-publishing the book took "about two or three weeks" and shortly after that "Apple contacted us directly," indicating it might use "There's a Monster in My Tummy" for promotional purposes.
"It's got a five-star rating on the app store right now," Bob said.
To purchase the book, visit www.appolicious.com/apps/theres-a-monster-in-my-tummy-colorworks-design-::81515