Ok, I’m about done with talking about Twitter, but in searching for publishing news today I ran across this gem:
US writer publishing novel a ‘tweet’ at a time
WASHINGTON (AFP) — An American writer who has yet to find a publisher for his novel is putting the book on Twitter — 140 characters at a time.
Matt Stewart, a San Francisco-based novelist, began “tweeting” his first book, “The French Revolution,” on the micro-blogging service on Tuesday — appropriately Bastille Day.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t even begin to imagine reading a full-length novel 140 characters at a time.
Astonishingly, he had an agent who he says submitted to all the major publishers, but none of them wanted to go out on a limb for what they thought was a ‘risky’ novel. Go figure.
“Many of them loved it, but none were willing to buy what they viewed as a ‘risky’ novel — vivid language, elements of fantasy and farce, raunchy humor,” he said.
Stewart said it would take approximately 3,700 “tweets” to transmit all of the 480,000 characters in his book.
Raunchy humor. Farce. Fantasy. Sounds like he should have tried shopping it to Hollywood for Ben Stiller’s next movie. However if you find you simply must read this thing, it can be had for $1.99 for your Kindle, or free at Scribd.com.