Get Involved

2015 Project beginnings

You can Get Involved in our chooseable-path adventure, a futuristic novel set in Topeka.

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.

Follow along on our writing, editing and published progress by looking Behind the Scenes or check back each month to read pick new paths as expanded sections of the story are published.

Each author  will add their scene to the developing story before passing the manuscript forward to the next author, to take the story in new directions, challenge the characters and strengthen the emerging plot.Writers can include details as breadcrumbs, so that the authors who write later scenes can use features from earlier scenes to advance the story.

It’s going to be a wild and creative ride, and you can read each section as it is published!

“I think it’s interesting that the Community Novel project is a real life chooseable-path process. We should be able to come up with a really, really good novel this year because we’ve already been through this whole “Author Your Own Adventure” thing in real life three/four times before (3 years/4 books).” – Crystal Green, three time Community Novel Project author

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

Resources and Forms for participants:

Read this article on Writing Bios by Amber Bonnett and then submit your bio. Peer critiques will help you create the best possible bio statement for this project.



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/press 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

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

 Previous Events 2015

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

Behind the Scenes: See what happened at January’s “Create the Community Novel”

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.

Behind the Scenes: See what happened at February’s Character Workshop

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