Today, guest author PD Martin is here to tell us about her new project and her innovative approach to engaging readers — and creating fans — before the book is even finished. Sound unboxed? We thought so, too. Enjoy!
Madness or genius?
I admit, my latest project probably verges on madness – at the very least it’s a little bit crazy…
A couple of weeks ago I launched a website called Coming Home – the start of a new book in my Sophie Anderson series. But there’s one key difference…instead of writing this book in the “normal” way, each week voters will nominate how they want the next chapter to unfold, using different scenarios I put forward. At the end of the short voting period, majority rules and I’ll have six days to write that chapter.
After 12 weeks I’ll have a Sophie novella, which will be available for free on my website after some editing and formatting.
The idea came about after a conversation with a friend of mine in marketing, who was talking about the importance of drawing people into you/your products (in our case books). He asked if there was a way readers, whether they were existing fans or not, could get involved in my writing process. Enter my voting system. It’s too early to say if it will be an effective marketing strategy but feel free to email me in March to ask!
On a creative level, this project is extremely exciting (and scary) for me. It gives me a chance to write a Sophie story I’ve longed to write – the tale of Sophie’s brother’s murder 28 years ago – while also challenging me with this voting system. It’s a leap of faith, but it’s a leap I’m dying to take.
Is it for you? [Read more…]