Why are you looking for volunteers?
CWC is a non profit organization. Our books are published through CW Publishing House, which was primarily set up to publish CWC books. All profit generated after costs is put back into the organization. As soon as profit is made, authors will be given free copies of the book they participated in, but at this time, that is not possible. This is why we are seeking volunteers! Once you commit to taking part, you have a very good chance of becoming published! CWC meet all the running costs and publishing costs, and 100% of profits from our first collaboration go to a wonderful children's charity www.ibby.org.
What do participants receive?
At the end of the collaboration, everyone will recieve a PDF of the completed book. Everyone who submits a chapter, regardless of if it is selected or not, is acknowledged in the published novel. Once the book is published, each participant will be able to purchase two books at cost price.
Why should I get involved?
You will become a published contributor to a UNIQUE collaborative novel. Not only this, but the challenge itself is fun and rewarding. See what our current participants say about the project on our ABOUT CWC page.
How does this collaboration differ from others?
Most collaborations are joint writing ventures where all parties agree on the content of the book.
This project is unique as although the writers guide the book, the moderators keep the book on track. The writers and moderators work closely together but the writers never meet. At the end of the project, the writers themselves will have no idea how the story plays out until they read the finished book.
The key to our success is in the story coordinator. This person keeps rigorous notes on characters, locations, plots to be addressed, along with keeping the voice consistent. This drives the project and prevents it from loosing steam or fizzling out.
How often will you start a new collaboration?
Here at CWC we aim to start two collaborative novels every year, and show the world that many hands make very interesting work. Each project lasts around 8 months. We may increase this number in the distant future with the help of additional story coordinators.
What happens once I submit my work?
Once you submit your chapter, you agree to the strict guidelines that allows us to heavily edit your work if need be. Does this take away your individual creativity? It certainly doesn't. A project like this only works with consistency. You could never merge 29 writers into one story without ironing out all the bumps and lumps. To be involved in a challenge like this, is to test your own ability to write in the style required, and to use the information you are provided with to guide your piece. If your story is strong, your inconsistencies can be ironed out, and your writing will play a major role in the whole book. Your creativity is free to thrive in the stories direction, and it is those that really get into the stories plot that are often most successful. You will be given constructive feedback if your chapter is not selected.
Who owns the copyright to my work?
If your submission is accepted, we retain the copyright to your work. Your chapter now forms part of a book that will be published, and to ensure the integrity of the project, your chapter cannot be distributed to any other organisation.
Why should I sign up, if there is no guarantee the chapter I write will be used?
There are only 4 writers per chapter, so you have a 1 in 4 chance of being published. I think that is an appealing challenge. This is what one of our participants thinks about it...
Cristel Benitez - 18 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
"I didn't feel discouraged when my chapter was rejected, but I think this has a lot to do with the feedback I got from the story coordinator. In fact, at first it felt like: "Oh, well, this sounds interesting, let's sign up and see how it goes..." But now that I really had a shot at it, a first taste of how it actually works, I'm more eager for my next turn to write another chapter. Even when it wasn't selected, it was a fun write, and isn't that what it's all about? I have my whole life to write things and show them to people if I want, this is more like a game to me, and I play for the sake of playing."
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!