‘As I Died Lying’ Collective writing group embark on their first novel as 15 writers become one.

Press Release   •   Jun 05, 2013 19:36 CEST

Has it been done before? A group of writers forming one novel? They don’t think so. Dark Angels are a diverse bunch of writers who have come together through the Dark Angels writing programme to work on this exciting and very much collaborative project. They have been through three course levels together and are now embarking on their second united project: a collective novel.

So, how do you do that? Using William Faulkner’s novel ‘As I Lay Dying’ as inspiration, due to its multiple character viewpoints, these writers began their first novel together whilst away in an interesting and remote Scottish country house for a long weekend. Immediately, they started to use their environment to create characters and they soon embarked upon a story about a woman who dies in a Scottish country house.

‘As I Died Lying’ has some comic, poetic, psychological and philosophical possibilities and they cannot wait to share it with you.

One of the authors of the new novel is Julian Stubbs, one of the founders of Stockholm based UP THERE, EVERYWHERE. 'It's a really unique project' he said. 'We don't think a collectively written novel has ever been created like this before and with UP's cloud based approach the idea of a crowd funded book really appealed to me as well. It was also great fun writing my characters piece.' Stubbs, who has been involved with the Dark Angels writing group for several years, published his first book in 2011, which was a business book called Wish You Were Here, focussing on his branding work for the city of Stockholm. 

To be crowd-funded and published by Unbound.co.uk

The new novel is being crowd funded by Unbound, a revolutionary new way to get books published by involving readers. Follow ‘As I Died Lying’ on the Unbound website and be there every step of the way as they embark on their ground-breaking story.

To see Dark Angels pitch for As I Died Lying head to: http://unbound.co.uk/books/as-i-died-lying

For further information about Dark Angels please contact

John Simmons / johnsimmons@blueyonder.co.uk

For further information about Unbound please contact

Emily Bryce-Perkins / emily@unbound.co.uk

About Unbound - the publisher

Unbound, a revolutionary new way to get books published by involving readers, was launched by three authors, John Mitchinson, Justin Pollard and Dan Kieran at Hay Festival on 29 May 2011.

Authors pitch their ideas for books directly to readers on the website Unbound.co.uk. Readers choose which books they would like to see published and the funding level at which they would like to pledge their support. In return, benefits to readers might include personal dedications, gifts or invitations to the book launch party. All reader levels include an e-book version and immediate access to the author's ‘virtual shed’. When an idea has enough supporters, the book is written. If it doesn’t get enough support, it won’t be published. All pre-target supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. Supporters of books that don't reach their target receive a full refund.

Since launching in May 2011, Unbound has already successfully funded fifteen tittles including ‘Evil Machines’ by Terry Jones, ‘Crushed Mexican Spiders’ by Tibor Fischer, ‘Museum without Walls’ by Jonathan Meades, ‘How to have an Almost Perfect Marriage’ by Mrs Stephen Fry, ‘Unbelievable’ by Jennifer Pickup and ‘News from Gardenia’ by Robert Llewellyn.


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