I have been involved in an ongoing chain story since July of 2005. There are five main contributing authors living all across the US and one German who lives in Austria. The story’s premise is a silly romp about talking mice who live on a popular band’s tour bus.
We decided to put the story into book form and sell it for charity. All authors are donating their contributions. I am donating the editing and formatting. We found an illustrator who donated the book cover. The intention is to print on Lulu, which, with the purchase of an individual ISBN, will cost $150. Not bad for getting one book out the door!
However, as the main editor for the project, I quickly realized that it was too long for one book. So, it was split into two. The second book gave me a lot of trouble. It didn’t ‘hang’ right, so I spent one morning outlining it. Sure enough, there were so many plot inconsistencies, my left eye developed a tic. I’ve spent most of last week trying to smooth out the plot, and wound up cutting about 3000 words. It now keeps the right pace, the right tone, and actually makes sense!
I can’t wait to get it to the printers and see people’s reaction to it. It mentions several people by User IDs of one particular on-line forum, and I know they’re anxious to see their “name” in print.
Our last hurdle is to get permission from the band’s business manager before we can print. Keep your fingers crossed for us, folks. A lot of people are hoping we get the green light soon.