While I write mainly as a hobbyist, as I enjoy the collaborative aspect of this sort of creative writing, there are many budding authors on Protagonize who truly hope to make themselves a career out of writing (or are already doing so.) With that in mind, I ran across something today that should provide a little inspiration to all of you prospective authors who are collaborating daily on Protagonize.
Online collaboration lands young authors book deal
A friend of mine forwarded this article from today’s Globe and Mail my way, seeing as I have an interest in this arena. I’m glad he did, seeing as I don’t subscribe to the G&M and likely would have missed it.
The article itself is relevant to Protagonize in that it describes a book deal obtained by two young authors, Danielle Bennett, from Victoria, BC, and Jaida Jones, from New York. The interesting bit here is that Ms. Bennett and Ms. Jones met online (via a discussion on the comments of a blog, interestingly enough) and collaborated on their 400-page novel over the course of an 18-day email-based writing binge, alternating between work and writing. The time difference appears to have worked in their favour, too, though they appear to have more energy than I could ever hope to have…
Their novel, Havemercy, a fantasy/streampunk hybrid (or so it appears from what I’ve read about it), is set to be released in hardcover format this August. In case you’re curious, it’s being published by Spectra, the science-fiction arm of Random House’s Bantam Dell Publishing Group. If you’d like to pre-order a copy of the hardcover edition, you can check it out over at Amazon.
Drawing inspiration from unlikely sources
What I find particularly inspiring in this case is that these two young women are a perfect example of the type of atmosphere I’m trying to create here on Protagonize. So far, I think our authors here are doing a great job of accomplishing just that; I know at least a couple of you are working on a joint novel, and I hope it won’t be a unique occurrence. I’m just here to build the tools you think would help you with your writing in a collaborative setting, and to enjoy watching the community grow. The dynamics of writing within a community allow for immediate feedback, critique, sharing of ideas, and praise, which each and every author needs and requires in order to thrive.
Ideally, I’d like to reproduce a coffee-house like feel here on Protagonize, but the limitations of technology make that difficult to develop. However, the web allows us to expand on that concept in ways that you might not be able to find in that warm, enveloping environment. Hopefully, as Protagonize grows and our community finds its identity, we’ll be able to provide an overlapping, complementary environment that gives us the best of both worlds.
I’d love to hear your feedback about it, too.