WHAT IS IT?
Some New Trend is a book-length fiction story published as a blog. We write and publish a new chapter each week. We’re also an online community that reviews books, music, and movies geared toward our Young Adult (YA) audience.
As many publishers scramble to find a way to present books (and magazines and newspapers) to readers in a digital format, we wondered—what would it be like to publish a book on the internet?
We like the idea of publishing as we go, getting feedback from readers along the way via comments and emails. Serialized fiction is nothing new—Dickens seemed to like it—but it seems to have fallen out of favor in recent years. We’re bringing it back!
I SEE TWO AUTHORS—WHAT’S THAT ABOUT?!
Both Kevin Wilder and Carrie Rollwagen have separate writing careers. They enjoy collaborating on creative projects—Kevin in bands like RedHarp and The Triceratops, and Carrie on blogs such as Cheap Women and Triathablog.
We’re also not the first. In the spirit of YA favorites like The Pigman and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, we thought this would be the best way to try writing something together. (Unlike these binary narratives, there will be several narrators. So perhaps there’s a little Faulkner in us as well.)
WHY NOT JUST GET A BOOK DEAL?
That’s certainly something we’d like to do. If you’re interested in securing rights to our book, contact us here.
DO YOU KNOW HOW THE BOOK WILL END?
We have an idea, but nothing’s set in stone.
DO YOU GET PAID BY COMPANIES WHOSE SITES YOU LINK TO?
Nope. All products, stores, bands and books are mentioned in the story and in reviews because our characters like them, or for other contextual reasons, but not because we get paid.
HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST?
We’re writing the book as we go along, so we don’t have a firm end date. But we’re aiming for six months.
WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?
We love to write. We love the YA audience for these reasons. And we love exploring the possibilities of publishing fiction via the internet.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU PUBLISH?
We publish a chapter of Some New Trend, the novel, once a week. Check back more frequently for book reviews, news, contests and occasional videos. You’ll find something new every day!
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?
Carrie had a brainstorm one morning and immediately texted Kevin: “We should write a book together and publish it as a blog. It should take place in the mall.” Everything else evolved from there.
While living in different states, we did some early planning through Gmail chat conversations. When Kevin moved back to Alabama, the project became much more feasible. Plans developed via phone meetings and coffeehouse convergences, which led to scribbling lines of dialogue on sticky notes at 3 am.
DO YOU EXPECT TO BECOME FAMOUS FROM THIS?
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE READING FROM A SCREEN?
You can receive weekly Some New Trend installments by joining our Google Group Email List. You’ll only receive one email per week of the current chapter, and no responses from other members. Print them out if you’d like. We won’t give your email address to anyone.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE READING AT ALL?
Shame on you! You can still listen to each week’s chapter on our podcast.
THE PODCAST ISN’T WORKING.
If you don’t have iTunes, try clicking here for the direct podcast feed.
HOW CAN I HELP SPREAD THE WORD?
Easy. Tell everyone you know. If you email us your name and street address, we’ll even send you some free stickers with info to pass around!
SINCE YOU’RE WRITING AS YOU GO, WON’T THIS RESEMBLE SOMETHING MORE LIKE A FIRST DRAFT?
As much as we try to prevent it, mistakes will find their way in. We understand that this method will pose many challenges, which we hope will add to the fun.
A WORD TO CONCERNED PARENTS & TEACHERS:
Usually, a book is published before it makes it to a reading list, and that’s for good reason—the content can be examined and vetted by parents and teachers before it reaches children.
Clearly, such a process isn’t possible with a book that’s being written week by week. We suggest you treat Some New Trend more like a TV show in this respect. You have a reasonable expectation of the content, but you can’t be absolutely sure of what comes next. We hope it eases your mind to know that we plan to keep the content of our book within the confines of what could be shown in a PG-13 movie.
As with any book, TV show, movie, or website, we hope that you and your kids have a dialogue about what they’re reading and viewing. We think that conversation, not censorship, is the most effective way to help your kids become the intelligent, thoughtful adults we all hope them to be.
YOU SAID IT’S FREE. CAN I GIVE YOU MONEY ANYWAY?
We won’t stop you. You can do so by clicking the “Make A Donation” button on the left.
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