Way back in the fall of 2010, I participated in the month of craziness known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If you’re not familiar with this madness, each November writers set out to write a novel in 30 days. See, I told you it was madness. I completed the task and thus my first novel, Talkeetna Trouble was born.
I was intimidated at first and then as I hit my writing goal (and then some) for each day, I became more engrossed. It was pretty amazing, actually. Before I knew it, characters were saying and doing things of their own accord. I let the story flow.
When it was finished, I printed out the manuscript and decided to let it sit for a while.
Fast forward to August of 2012. It popped into my head that it would be an interesting experiment to publish the book on Kindle “as is.” Talk about madness. It occurred to me that there might be some intrigue involved with allowing readers to see a manuscript in its raw form. No polish whatsoever.
I figure one of two things is going to happen. Either the readers are going to be hip to seeing the seedy underbelly of writing, or they will be so annoyed that they throw the thing in the trash – Kindle and all. Now I have just enough faith in folks to believe that they will be more fascinated than disgusted. We’ll see.
I put a huge disclaimer in the Amazon book description, letting potential readers what was in store for them. I also emblazoned the cover with “Raw and Uncut.” I really would hate for someone to not realize they were participants in this grand experiment.
Which direction do you think this will go? Are books like sausage and laws where you enjoy the result but don’t really want to see how they’re made? Or will there be a market for raw books?