TwitterTitters: Power of Twitter to raise money for Comic Relief

Filed as News on February 11, 2009 9:13 am

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Two British journalists have launched a project to publish a book of comedy writing with all proceeds going to Comic Relief.

TwitterTitters was only announced on Twitter yesterday, yet already the power of the platform is very apparent.

They’ve found an illustrator, and writing submissions — which can include short stories, scripts, poems and prose — have been received.

Manchester journalist, blogger and author Louise Bolotin will edit the writing before publication, while artist Ash Lamont from Glasgow is designing a cover. It will be published by Lulu.com.

Linda Jones said of the project, “I’m a fan of having a laugh. I’m a fan of short stories and I’m a fan of Twitter. This project brings the three together.

“The actual writing for this book will not be published on Twitter as it only allows 140 characters per tweet. But we’ll tweet calls for submissions, link to a dedicated blog on Twitter and ask people to help via Twitter.

“We’ll also publicise the anthology through the many writers on Twitter and hope to choose the stories to be included with the help of people kind enough to offer their expertise and/or time, again through Twitter.”

If you’re interested in taking part, you can find out more here.

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  1. By Ian posted on February 11, 2009 at 9:41 am
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    Great idea but a shame that it’s not entirely Twitter based.

    140 characters is ideal for one-liners, surely there’s a book in that?

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  2. By Andy Merrett posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:26 am
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    True, it’s not Twitter start to finish but it has harnessed the fast turnaround of the service to get it going. With several significant Twitter-using Brits also involved with Comic Relief, it should gain some traction.

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  3. By Linda posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:38 am
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    I can’t find my comment – sorry! Here it is again:

    Thanks Andy and Ian for reporting on this and for your feedback.

    There is already a project to gather stories in 140 characters or less:

    http://twitter.com/shrtshrtstories

    For Comic Relief, we wanted to make the end result as accessible as possible and provide an opportunity for writers working in more traditional styles, notably short stories.

    My initial thoughts are at http://www.freelancewritingtips.com.

    Best wishes and thanks again.

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