E-fiction venture Fiction Express goes into print

E-fiction venture Fiction Express goes into print

ReadZone Books will this year publish stories from Fiction Express - an e-fiction venture that allows school pupils to direct a book’s plot - in print.
 
Fiction Express is a venture set up by book packager Discovery Books, which publishes stories in weekly episodes on the website. Each episode is aired at Friday at 3p.m. and pupils can vote on what happens next. The most popular option is sent to the author, who writes it into thefollowing week’s episode. There is also an online blog that allows pupils to contact the author.
 
ReadZone director Andrew Macmillan said ReadZone has acquired the titles but will publish them with the Fiction Express branding.
 
Four titles will be out in May: Drama Club by Marie-Louise Jenson, The School for Super Villains by Louie Stowell, and The Disappearance of Danny Boyle and The Mystery of Maddie Musgrove, both by Alex Woolf. The books will be sold as £6.99 paperbacks in bookshops as well as directly to schools. Another four print titles will be published in September.
 
Paul Humphrey, publisher at Discovery Books, said he always meant to find a publisher for print versions. “Partly because we wanted to reward our authors. We can’t pay royalties for an online product so we wanted to give them a better deal,” he said.
 
The teachers taking part in the project also ask for print versions of the stories for their school libraries, he added.
 
Fiction Express was launched in 2011 and now has 12,000 users in 1,000 schools in the UK, France, Germany, Thailand,Turkey and Australia. A year’s subscription costs £199 for 12 e-books.