Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Straight to Video ... er, Audio

The second annual ThrillerFest convention (to be held in New York City) doesn’t even begin until mid-July, but organizers from the International Thriller Writers (ITW) are already planning for what comes next. The ubiquitous Sarah Weinman writes in GalleyCat that the ITW is teaming up with Audible, the New Jersey-based audio book publisher, to produce a serial novel in audio format, provisionally titled Serial Thriller. It will be edited by New York author Jim Fusilli (Hard, Hard City) and launch “sometime this fall,” according to Audible’s director of content, Steve Feldberg.

Weinman writes that the book-length Serial Thriller will be “written in series by some of the genre’s top names and emerging talents. Jeffery Deaver will author the opening and closing chapters; others announced as adding intervening 14-odd chapters include Lee Child, Lisa Scottoline, David Hewson, and Joseph Finder. Once all the chapters are written (something that Fusilli says should happen by the beginning of July) Audible will recruit a single narrator to record the entire serial novel, which Feldberg adds is tentatively scheduled to be released two chapters at a time over the course of eight weeks.” There are no plans yet for a print edition, but one seems likely. After all, why not make the most of the talents being collected for this novel project?

Read more about the ITW’s Serial Thriller here.

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