Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I paid to see Wells, not some stand in hack...

Hello all, I'm Matthew Buckley. A couple of weeks ago, Rob asked me to fill in for him. I feel like a sixteen year old who has been given the keys to the family car.

I've been trying to come up with a worthy topic every since. I thought about talking politics, but that is so divisive. And besides, after listening to Rob over the past argue in favor of libertarianism, I'm completely sold on the party. There is nothing more to say on that subject.

And although I came up with a nice laundry list of possible topics, I finally settled on one that I swore I would never do. I wanted to talk just a bit about my second book.

No, this isn't a shameless plug, at least I don't want it to be. To prove it, I won't even tell you what the name of the book is. It's not the book itself that is interesting (ok, I think it's interesting, but I'm severely biased), rather it's how the book was written that is interesting. As far as I can tell, it's the first published book of it's kind.

If you've spent much time on the Internet lately, you'll likely have heard about wikis. A wiki is a web site that anybody can edit. You don't just read the page, you participate in it's building.

And while wikis are used for all sorts of really neat stuff, from encyclopedias, to keeping track of your favorite TV show, I've always thought a wiki would work great in writing fiction.

Think about it, nearly every other entertainment medium is a collaborative effort. A good movie requires a person (or several persons) to write the screenplay, somebody else to direct it, others to act in it, others to make the effects, others to edit it, etc. etc. etc. Television is the same way, even art is often designed by one person, and painted by several.

So that is where my second book comes in. I wrote my second book entirely in a wiki. I invited anyone and everyone to come and participate. Admittedly, there were only about 15 people who showed up and edited the site. But nearly all of the suggestions were good ones, and made the book better.

An example of how this collaboration works: There is a scene in the book that takes place in primary. A primary teacher wrote to me and told me that she is teaches primary, and thought that the reaction would be different from how I described it. After a bit of thought I realized she was right, and modified the book based on her suggestion. The end result being a better book.

Although I only had a few participants, my publisher is allowing me to put a link to the site in this book, and so the third (and likely final) Buckley book will hopefully have more folks involved.

So, if you'd like to get a jump on the project, here is your formal invitation. My third book is about Scouting. Everybody has a wild scouting story, why not share yours and get it in my book? As with the second book, anybody who helps edit, or contributes a story, gets a free book (assuming the book gets published). You can find the site by going to http://chickenarmpits.blogspot.com and clicking on the link 'third book'.

Should be fun.


9 Comments:

At 2/20/2007 10:46 AM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

While you're on Matthew's site looking for that third book, scroll down to read a deleted scene from the second. I laughed so hard I spewed orange juice all over my keyboard. Absolutely Hilarious. (The capital H was a typo, but an appropriate typo, so I'm leaving it.)

I can't wait to read "Bullies in the Headlights" -- or whatever that new book is called. It's very frustrating to me, I must ad, that the author won't tell us its name. One would think after reading his blog he'd be a little more "open" about these kinds of things . . .

 
At 2/20/2007 11:04 AM, Blogger FHL said...

I like the typo in your second paragraph, Kerry. Also appropriate. =)

MB: my wife did some sort of editing on your 2nd book. I think she liked it. =)

Robison did some fun stuff with the Counterfeit that involved an online scavenger hunt, of sorts, and links to a blog purportedly run by the characters in the book. (I didn't catch on to this until I read the first book in the series, long after the contest.) While I like the idea of online collaboration (must be why I like this site so much) I feel like I should keep my cards closer when it comes to writing. Of course, if you're writing semi-autobiographical, I guess it doesn't matter as much.

 
At 2/20/2007 11:32 AM, Blogger Matthew Buckley said...

You are right Kerry, I am all about openness. :) And I don't mean to 'hide' my book, I just don't like to market it. You could call me an 'anti-marketer'.

But you are correct, the book is called Bullies in the Headlights. Should be out in May. I actually have the cover here somewhere. I've been meaning to post it to my blog.

fhl, did you wife sign the logbook? I don't think I included her name in the acknowledgments section...

 
At 2/20/2007 11:38 AM, Blogger Jeff Savage said...

I want to know if there are any exploding coconuts in BITH, and if any real coconuts were harmed during the writing.

 
At 2/20/2007 3:15 PM, Blogger Matthew Buckley said...

Ahhh... Not in bullies, but that sounds like something that could happen to an unsuspecting boy scout troop...

 
At 2/20/2007 6:12 PM, Blogger FHL said...

No, no, she's a free-lancer for Covenant. So, I meant "official" editing. =)

 
At 2/21/2007 2:58 AM, Blogger Tristi Pinkston said...

So why will it likely be your last book, Matthew?

 
At 2/21/2007 3:26 PM, Blogger FHL said...

I suspect he means the last "matthew buckley" book, as a series. (Feel free to correct me!)

FHL, trying to think of some sort of pun using "headlice"... humor-impaired today

 
At 2/22/2007 8:58 AM, Blogger G. Parker said...

Oh man!! Now I need to see if I signed the log book, I want the free one!!! LOL

 

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