Collaborative novel writing/publishing whaaaat?!
**If you think this is a nifty idea, please share!**
Imagine a virtual community of writers and readers that decide what direction a story will take as it is being written. Anyone can contribute and some will even get published.
Hi, fellow wrimos!
Let me tell you a story.
A few years back, after years of enjoying play-by-post roleplaying and viewing it as the collaborative storytelling effort it awesomely is, my co-admin at the time and I thought it’d be super cool to do something similar, except for storytelling. Why not tap into peoples’ love of creating a story from the ground up, chapter by chapter contributed by a different writer?
Nothing came of it, and I left it at that for…a good half decade or so.
Then, the magic of Twitter connected me with this awesome human being, Lori, who had thought up a similar idea and was actually trying to get her project launched.
How does it work?
- Writers contribute their own versions of the next chapter of a novel in progress across a variety of different genres
- Fellow writers and readers have the opportunity to vote on each chapter submission
- The winning submission by votes becomes ‘canon’ for the novel (see: Obama’s ‘it is done’ GIF for reference)
- The process begins again with a call for submissions of a new chapter, until the entire novel is finished
What’s so cool about this?
- It gives everyone a level playing field/opportunity to win and voters the ability to help shape a living story as it forms
- Winners are chosen based on the popularity of their creative work, not their name, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. (all submissions are anonymous, with credit given to the winner after voting closes)
- Think you can’t write a full-length novel? Now you don’t have to. Submissions are chapter-length.
- The publishing house branch of this endeavor will edit, market, and publish each completed novel, similar to the process a traditional publishing house takes with single author projects
- Co-authors get full credit for their contribution, as well as payment based on how well the novel sells (it also can’t hurt to be able to add a little reference to your publishing credit if you’re trying to query a full-length novel to an agent or publishing house)
There’s probably more, but you should really just follow the link and check it out yourself.
Donate as much or as little as you are able. If you can’t contribute financially, how about you share the heck out of this? So far, this is a one-woman show, and I can’t even imagine the amount of work she’s already put into making this a reality. The project owner is very minority-friendly/supportive, which also has the potential to open up doors for those of us who want to create stories with characters who are LGBT*, people of color, religious minorities, differently abled, and so on — all characters types that are woefully underrepresented in mainstream publishing venues (unless, I guess, the story itself is about that facet, ie, coming out, dealing with a recent disability, etc.).
So, please share far and wide, will you?
You can also keep up with the campaign’s progress on by following on Twitter (@bookfromscratch) and Facebook (/booksfromscratch).