A community novel is one that is collaboratively conceptualized, written, illustrated, narrated, edited and published by members of your community. The library invites writers to each contribute a chapter to advance the group’s story.
- How do thirty people work together to write, edit and publish a novel? Read the Author Interviews.
- Take a peek at what happens Behind the Scenes to see how the project is organized
- See our planning calendar, outline and style guidelines at Resources for Writers
- Read and share Historical Research for SpeakEasy
- Want to contribute your talents to the community novel? Contact Lissa Staley.
- Writing began in January and online serialization begins in April, with a new chapter published each week.
- Read the book online, sign up to receive updates in your email inbox, or download each installment for Kindle, Nook or your favorite ereader.
- E-book versions will be freely available for download for Kindle, Nook, iBooks and other e-readers.
- Download the audiobook mp3 each week or subscribe to “SpeakEasy: 2013 Community Novel Project” through iTunes.
- The book will also be added to the library's fiction collection for checkout and archived in the Topeka Room with the works of other Topeka authors.
- The printed book will be available for sale at the Book Launch on September 8, 2013 at 3 pm and from Amazon.com.
- Preorder your copy of the 2013 Community Novel Project by August 1, 2013 for only $5. Submit a preorder form with your payment.
Want to do this in your community? We'll share our resources and help you get started. Contact Lissa Staley