Press Release

World's First Full-Length Personalized Children's Novel
Easter can be more than chocolate and candies!

London, Ontario, Canada - December 1, 2000 - Book By You Publishing, through its Kids Book By You division, today announced the release of its full-length personalized children's novel 'The Golden Key'. Children's adventure stories have recently received wide acclaim and 'The Golden Key' propels this genre into cyber-space by enabling children to include themselves in the fantasy.

Personalized children's novel - 'The Golden Key' book launch! Now kids and parents can co-author their own full-length fantasy novel by selecting the names, features and places to personalize in this 100 page, professionally bound paperback. Children can put themselves in the leading role and include friends, relatives or even their favorite television characters. 'The Golden Key' has over twenty characteristics to personalize and includes a personalized front cover. 

Mike Pocock, founder of Book By You Publishing commented, "Children are constantly inundated with the grownup world of violence and advertising - presenting a distorted sense of values. In creating 'The Golden Key' we wanted to bring back the artful form of story telling while helping to deliver meaningful themes and morals in a way never before contemplated. We believe we have succeeded on all fronts and the response from educators, parents and kids has been over-whelming. Two important factors have now become obvious. First, children are motivated and enticed to read by seeing their and their friend's names and characteristics featured in a book. Secondly, a full-length novel format enables us to present significant stories that when combined with personalization can evoke emotions and meaningful themes in a fun and entertaining manner. Children accept the world of fantasy and their imaginations run wild as their personalized character develops throughout our 100 page story. This is far different than the current personalized picture books that contain little in the way of story content."

'The Golden Key' is a classic tale of wizards, mystical worlds and remarkable escapades that amuses, excites and delights the imaginations of both young and old alike. Great for children of reading age or the story can be introduced to younger children as a bedtime classic. Themes such as the value of friendship, perseverance and following your dreams are explored and uniquely presented in a manner only possible through a full-length personalized format. To add to the adventure, Book By You has included personalized hand shadow pictures of the shadow characters that are featured in the story. 

Parents can see a personalized preview and purchase The Golden Key by visiting the company's web site at To order, readers fill out a character questionnaire by specifying the various criteria and information to be included in the book. The questionnaire is fun and easy to complete with three essential characters and features such as hair color and style, eye color, main character's street address and the name to appear on the front cover. The story's many personalized characteristics make this book a remarkably individual and unique gift that motivates children to read. 

Pocock further comments, "We plan to use this new personalized children's book product to launch our new E-book platform that will deliver personalize content through a broad range of media."


For more information contact:

Michael Pocock
Book By You Publishing

Email:     Telephone: (519) 439-6100