Sunday, February 19, 2012


A lot can happen in 24-hours. But writing, editing and publishing a book?! That's tricky. And it’s what makes if:book Australia's 24-Hour Book challenge so exciting. The other thing I'm excited about is that I’ve been selected to be Lead Editor on the project. It sounds like a lot of fun. And I'll be working with some very cool authors, including my fellow Serapeum alumni, Rjurik Davidson. Bring it on! Here's the offical word from if:book Australia —

The 24-Hour Book
24 hours.
9 writers.
1 book.

On 11 June 2012, if:book Australia will challenge a team of writers and editors to collaborate, write, and publish a book in a single 24-hour period.

At midday, nine writers (including Nick Earls, Steven Amsterdam, Krissy Kneen, and P.M. Newton) will gather at the State Library of Queensland and begin writing furiously. Their stories will be written live on the day, with work in progress posted online to allow readers to watch the story unfold and to submit ideas, suggestions and contributions across media. As the stories are completed, a team of bleary-eyed editors will take the text from manuscript to a book.

On the 12 June (at midday of course), the finished book will be available in both digital and print with a launch in the following days.

Digital tools have already made a tremendous impact on the process of writing and reading. We’re used to thinking about text written for screens, such as blogs, as instant publishing platforms: the act of making writing public is as simple as clicking a button literally marked ‘Publish’. Digital writing is also designed as a collaborative environment: writers, editors, designers, and even audience are all invited to take part in the creation of a complete document.

But what if we apply these concepts to making and reading books? Not just books for screens, but for ink and paper too?

How far can you push the technology? How far can you take the book?

if:book Australia presents: The 24-Hour Book

11 - 12 June 2012

Watch the story unfold at

Nick Earls
Steven Amsterdam
Krissy Kneen
P.M. Newton
Geoff Lemon
Rjurik Davidson
Christopher Currie
Angela Slatter
Simon Groth
Keith Stevenson (Editor)

Stay tuned to if:book Australia for more details in the coming months.
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