The BBC Audiobooks America folks have sent me a shiny press release today about a new Twitter-collaboration with Neil Gaiman that will result in an audio book:
This Halloween, BBC Audiobooks America (@BBCAA) is offering a treat for Twitter audiophiles: the chance to write a story with fantasy master Neil Gaiman. The New York Times bestselling author of The Graveyard Book and Twitter enthusiast (known as @neilhimself) will launch an original story-writing project on the popular social networking site October 13 at Noon EST.
Gaiman will tweet the first line of the story and fans can jump in and continue it with their own 140-character contributions. To participate, fans must log into Twitter (registration is free) and post in this format: @BBCAA Your Tweet Here #bbcawdio. Follow the story unfolding at #bbcawdio for minute-by-minute updates.
BBC Audiobooks America will compile the contributions of approximately one thousand tweets into a finished short story to be recorded by a professional narrator. The audiobook will be downloadable free at http://www.BBCAudiobooksAmerica.com/trade and also available as a digital download at iTunes and other audiobook retailers in time for the holidays
My reaction, word for word: “Huh. Okay.” I can understand this appealing to fans of writing experiments, and obviously to fans of Neil (himself!) but does this interest you personally? Would a Twitter-collaboration of fiction writing between romance authors and romance fans be interesting to you, especially if it were made available after editing as a free download in audio or text format? Or do you look at this type of thing and think, “Dude. Can I just buy books in novel form and move on already?”