MODESTO — Local authors, published and aspiring, have the opportunity to join in a collaborative process to create the Stanislaus County Librarys first community novel.
Interested authors should complete an interest survey and return it to any library branch by Dec.14. Authors will be selected to each contribute one of 15 chapters.
In January, the group of selected authors will meet for a brainstorming session to develop an outline for the book; chapters will be assigned, with deadlines for each. Participating authors must be able to complete a 2,000- to 3,000-word chapter in a two-week time frame.
The book will be professionally edited for continuity, style and accuracy. The novel will be published online, in print and audio formats, one chapter per week, beginning in mid-April. Bound copies will be available for purchase upon completion of the community novel project.
The Stanislaus Library Foundation, in cooperation with the Gallo Center for the Arts, will hold a culminating event Nov. 16, 2014, featuring author Daniel Handler, aka A Series of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket. To download an interest survey, visit www.stanislauslibrary.org or call (209) 558-7817.