Crowns, and Badges, and... Potatoes!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but things are looking a little… different on Storybird. A little shinier. A little more colorful. A little more… regal.

This month we introduced Crowns, a new system of earning credit for writing and publishing on Storybird. Everyone gets a pile of Crowns when they join Storybird, and every day you log in and write, you add 5 Crowns to your stash. Each time one of your books gets approved in the public library, you get 10 more!

So, what’s the big deal about Crowns? Well, once you earn enough of them, you can use them to get some pretty sweet stuff. Like free digital downloads of your books and poems. Or express moderation on a picture book or chapter you’ve submitted to the public library. Soon, paid members on Storybird will be able to redeem Crowns for even more good stuff—but that’s news for another blog post.

We believe that hard work deserves rewards, so we have also launched Badges, a whole new way to track your achievements on Storybird. You can earn badges by completing all kinds of activities on the site—writing every day; publishing poetry, picture books, and longform; giving and receiving helpful feedback on stories; completing Challenges… and some other super secret ways that you’ll have to discover for yourself.

Everyone who participates on Storybird can earn Crowns and Badges, but for privacy reasons, Student accounts will not be able to collect Badges that require publishing to the public library. You’ll need a Regular account for that. But don’t worry, we’ve also made it easier to save your work. (Here’s how.)

But that’s not all the wizards had up their sleeves! Have you seen the 255 new avatars to choose from so that you can spruce up your Storybird profile pic? There’s something for every mood. Feel like pizza? We’ve got you covered. Purple hair, don’t care? Right there with you. Raccoons? Cats? Sports? Yup, yup, yup. POTATOES? Of course. You can update your avatar as many times as you like, so go nuts!

Last but not least, we have a BIG announcement about paid membership. When we surveyed Storybird users and their parents, we heard loud and clear that it was just too expensive to upgrade, so we have made some changes to make things more affordable.

Now you can get all the benefits of membership—express moderation on every story, unlimited free ebook and PDF downloads, custom picture book covers, special comment stickers, and more—for as little as $4.99 per month when you sign up for a year. (Month-to-month membership is now $8.99.) See how to upgrade your membership here.

And all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. We are constantly adding new artwork to the site, like the adorable illustrations we’ve included in this post by new Storybird artist Elena Aiello, and the wizards are right-this-very-second working on some amazing new goodies you can collect with Crowns. (We promise it’s not socks. Although, now that we mention it, Storybird socks would be pretty cute…)

So keep writing, keep reading, keep commenting, and keep being your awesome selves. We hope you enjoy the new and improved Storybird!

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