Teens decide where the story goes in online interactive novel

Here’s a neat example of how a publisher is using digital space to connect with teen readers:

Simon & Shuster has launched a teen-targeted online serial novel, Loser/Queen, by author Jodi Lynn Anderson. Teens are invited to visit the Loser/Queen website to read the first few chapters of the book and then vote on how the story will continue. New chapters based on poll results will appear each Monday until September 13th.

The best part? Readers will have a chance to own a hard copy of the book they helped create. A paperback and e-book version of the final novel will be released December 21, 2010.

For more on this project, check out this YPulse interview with S&S Vice-President Justin Chanda.


Posted on July 30, 2010, in YA News and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi Erin, Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for thinking about me. Do you have any topics you want people to write on, or just whatever they want?
    Hope all is well with you,

  2. Hi Erin,

    I know that your are interested in Canada’s Teen Reading Club (TeenRC) as well….

    Have you seen the interactive story that the teens are doing on there right now as a part of the Book Battle Royale program? Here’s the link: http://www.teenrc.ca/forums/viewforum.php?f=120

    It’s on a *much* smaller scale than the Simon and Schuster one and is a slightly different flavor, but it is another example of getting the teens involved in the writing process and as part of a bigger project. In other words: Teamwork in action!!

    Just thought I’d share this 🙂


  3. Leah – No I wasn’t aware of it and now I feel silly for missing it! I’m going to go check it out now. I love this kind of story creation. I’ve done it with younger kids before but it’s definitely fun for all ages.

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