We’re Writing a Novel!

book and ebookMy library is heading up a really cool project that I thought I’d tell you guys about.

In short, we thought we’d write a novel.

A community-driven novel, that is. Here’s a blurb about the project: “A community novel is one that is written collaboratively by members of your community. The library invites writers to each contribute a chapter to advance the group’s story. The story is set in Topeka and will use landmarks and a setting that all will recognize. Writing and publication began in April and continues through August with a chapter added each week (just like any other serial novel you’ve experienced). Each chapter will appear here so you may read them in order, with a new chapter published each week.”

Here’s a link to the main page for the project, and here’s chapter one. Please read it!

When we’re done writing the novel, we plan to throw an author book signing party! We also plan to publish the book in both ebook and print formats, and sell it online. And we’ll put the book in our collection, so people can check it out.

We have two goals:

  1. We want to showcase content creation in our local community, and this type of focused writing project provides us with a fun way to start doing that.
  2. We also want to get our feet wet in content creation. Libraries traditionally house books, help customers find books, and create programs around books and authors, etc. Why can’t a library and a community … create a novel?

Anyway – check it out – chapter two comes out this week!

book pic by Remi Mathis

  • Andromeda Yelton

    1) Awesome!

    2) You have seen that they are also writing a novel at Chesapeake Public Library, too, yes? http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/310 e.g. 

  • http://www.davidleeking.com davidleeking

    No – hadn’t seen that. Cool!


  • http://projectwhitespace.com/ Bethanyjolee

    awesome idea! I wonder if I could get something together like this (not via a library, but something community oriented . . . )

  • Lynn

    I run an arts center and last fall gathered 10 locals to write a mystery novel. I have learned a lot, if I were to do it again. We have now the last 5 wrtiers plotting the ending…and then will go back and write and re-write. We believe it will take another year.
    It is called: No Murder on Marco…one can see more about it at http://www.marconews.com and put the title in.
    Good luck.
    Lynn Holley