First Novel Written on Facebook
Accidentally, Leif Peterson wrote a novel on Facebook. A friend challenged him to write a 1,000 word story on his Facebook page about a man who finds a missing person’s poster with his name on it.
His Facebook friends asked for more, not knowing it was a stand-alone post. He began to write more posts and ultimately composed a novel on Facebook.
As the story developed, certain readers emerged as steadfast fans, leaving comments almost daily and sometimes voicing their frustration at having to wait twenty-four hours for the next installment. In an interesting development, Peterson began rewarding those readers by naming new characters after them.
On June 10th, 2009, four months after he began, Peterson posted the eighty-fourth and final installment to the story concluding what could very well be the first-ever novel written entirely on Facebook.
“Essentially, it’s a story about a man who begins to question his own identity,” says Peterson. “Without quite knowing why, he soon finds himself in another city, in another country, in another hemisphere, searching for a woman he knows by name, but who he’s never met. I never thought I’d write a page-turner, but that’s what this turned out to be.”
The story is now published in book form and is available at online retailers. Except for some light editing, the printed book appears exactly as it did day by day on Facebook as it was being written.
Very interesting, but not profitable. If you have no interest in selling the story to a publisher and holding the hardback book in your hand, this is a viable option, I guess. However, for most writers, we aspire for something greater. What do you think of this idea?