While writing out my Koizora review and talking to my friend about cellphone novels (keitai shousetsu if you prefer the Japanese), I stumbled upon this particular site that provides cellphone novel writing services for English speakers. I had a slight look-around of this particular site but I still haven’t signed up for an account yet. Nevertheless, the name of the first English-language keitai shousetsu service is TextNovel.
I am not a huge fan of mobile text messaging or even Twitter, let alone update there, however microblogging, for some particular reason, had become a total phenomenon along the web trends of the late 2000s. Because of this microblogging phenomenon, many countries began creating more ideas and take advantage of the microblogging trend. Apparently, Japan was one of those countries who founded the keitai shousetsu (cellphone novel) phenomenon. The founder and few more writers (which included Koizora) became one of the top-selling novels in that country and seriously made these writers rich. If that was proven, then this must be the total in-thing, especially for aspiring writers.
Now, I am a writer myself. I am also working on an original fiction project, Freedom Sky Mysteries. According to my friend, if I were going to have FSM published at TextNovel as a keitai shousetsu that I should “dumb down” on my vivid details of my original draft and have the readers read in between the lines once they get their hands on FSM. Knowing that I’m somewhat infamous for writing very lengthy chapters, this would definitely take a whole long while to actually complete the entire novel. They also have contests in that site, where the winner actually gets to win a $1000 (USD) check and even a book deal.
Hm, sounds good to be true to me, but then one of my dreams is to at least publish one (fiction) book… maybe even a series. I really would like to see FSM take off. I would love everyone to read about the teen “stellar” detectives Airi, Kap, Ren, Chihiro, and Kei and how they solve various cases from murder to kidnapping to robbery. I would love everyone to read about how these five teens rock things out with their everyday lives while fighting crime underground…
Speaking of the cellphone novel winner, if she gets published, would that mean that I would get to see an English translation of Koizora (novel)?
Should I succumb to “dumbing down” my novel project in to a cellphone novel in small itty bitty pieces? I haven’t really made a decision yet, but I did bookmark the site, just in case.