Get Involved

2015 Project beginnings

Help create something awesome; meet other writers and plan to contribute a chapter to advance the plot of a serialized novel. Great opportunities exist for fiction writers, copy editors, illustrators, and those interested in online publishing and marketing to be part of the writing and publishing process.

Want to contribute your talents to the community novel? Fill out a Participant Interest Survey and contact Project Organizers Lissa Staley or Miranda Ericsson

Opportunities to get involved may include:

  • Contributing writers
  • Deadlines
  • Story continuity editors/team
  • Head Editor(s) on wiki
  • Contributing copy editors
  • Web editor
  • Web publishing
  • Print layout using Word/Createspace
  • Ebook publishing using smashwords
  • Publicist/marketing for authors (Author biography and interview team)
  • Social Media marketing for book
  • Publicist/marketing for book
  • Representing the project in newspaper/pres release/radio/promotions
  • Advertising this model to other libraries and organizations
  • Creative Director for look of interior and interior illustrations or graphics
  • Contributing illustrators

Upcoming Events

Create the Community Novel

Saturday, January 31, 2015 • Noon-2 p.m.

Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Learn self-publishing from start to finish with the library’s Community Novel editorial team. You’ll work with other writers to write, edit and publish a teen novel set in Topeka. Bring your premise ideas for a futuristic choose-your-own-adventure. Learn more at

Community Novel Project: Character Workshop

Thursday, February 26, 2015 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Marvin Auditorium 101C

Fine tune your fiction writing techniques. Compare narrator perspectives and points of view. Learn how to build character backstory using continuity notes, photos, and worksheets. Discuss how to give your character a unique voice and maintain character integrity throughout a novel.

Community Novel Project Book Layout Workshop

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Marvin Auditorium 101C

Learn self-publishing from start to finish with the library’s Community Novel editorial team. Share tips for consistent editing and style, and use Microsoft Word templates from Createspace’s self-publishing platform to edit and design a print-ready manuscript. Get hands on with


How do dozens of people work together to write, edit and publish a novel? Read the 2013 SpeakEasy Author Interviews to find out!