Author Writes A Novel Live In Real Time On Google Docs

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Want a sneak peak at Silvia Hartmann’s latest novel, The Dragon Lords? And by sneak peek, I mean read the whole unedited manuscript in its entirety, unedited, as she actually writes it… live.

If you do want to watch a fiction writer at work, up close and personal, this is your chance.

It really doesn’t get any better than actually watching someone as they type out their novel

Now don’t misunderstand me, Hartmann isn’t crowdsourcing her novel, or even the editing process, this is a one-way process. If you’ve ever used Google Docs before, Hartmann has given you access to view, but not to “make changes.”

If you see a typo, you’ll just have to grin and bear it.

And actually, If you wanna be completely accurate (I probably should, since this is the DM blog), it’s called Google Drive now… but my Google Docs account is still active, so whatever…

The important thing is that this is a really cool idea for ePub promotions. I mean, this author is not only showcasing how to write a novel, she’s also showing us a really cool trick for building buzz around a novel that’s in a genre that’s pretty crowded.

I mean, how hard is it to stand out in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi book genre, and with a title The Dragon Lords? Really?

Suddenly, the name (or pen name) Silvia Hartmann is making the rounds on high traffic sites like TechCrunch.

If any of you guys are students in the Number One Book System, trying to write or promote a book that you’re publishing on Kindle, streaming your progress via Google Drive isn’t a bad idea. Just make sure and delete it as soon as your done and replace the book with a link to buy it on Amazon…

It would be interesting to see how this strategy affects sales.



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Josh is the managing editor of Digital Marketer, as well an aspiring novelist. Find out more about what Josh is working on on Facebook, Google, or on his website.
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  • Shane McConnell, says:

    Amazingly creative idea. I agree on the bravery aspect. Interesting for budding writers to see process in action.The realization that it isn’t glamorous being a writer but lonely hard work. Bravo on the delivery.

  • Mary says:

    Good for her. I wouldn’t have the nerve–I have trouble enough showing up on the page with a pen and notebook and no one around! Self-publishing in a way is so much easier now, anyone can do it. But getting people to read what you write–that’s as tough as ever.

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