Crowd-Sourcing Gone Wild: The Internet Creates A Novel
Want to write a novel but too lazy to come up with, you know, words and stuff? Just buy your way into one. Twenty-two people already have via the IndieGoGo fundraising page for Daniel Perlmutter's new book.
The Toronto-based writer and filmmaker is crowd-sourcing a novel, piece by piece. "I’ll publish it. I’ll get it into bookstores. I’ll do all the hard stuff. You just tell me what you want to see in it." Pay $15 to write a sentence, $20 to create a place, $30 for a character, $50 for a chapter title, $100 for a plot point, $250 for the main character, $500 for the first sentence, $750 for the genre, $900 for the book title, or $1,000 for the ending.
Despite its title, Unwritten Masterpiece, the book is much more likely to be an unwritten Mad Libs-style disaster. Perlmutter promises to include every one of the 200 characters, 200 places, 100 chapter names, and 100 plot points that he sells. Listen to him discuss the project in this video (which is more interesting if you pretend he actually is a young Woody Allen).
As of this writing, Perlmutter has raised $1,115 toward his $6,000 goal. He says, “Authors are always stealing ideas from all over the place. This is just going to be a little more explicitly done.”
The ridiculousness of it makes me wonder if he's serious or out to mock the crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding trend. After all, "Will you contribute to my Kickstarter?" is the new "Will you like my band's Facebook page?" What do you think?
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