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Friday, January 16, 2009

Book on Obama Inauguration Seeks Contributors

I heard recently from my friends at, the collaborative writing website, that they are planning a new, printed book about Barack Obama's Inauguration as US President on January 20th (next Tuesday).

They are invitinthe 44th President of the United States...Bara...Image by jmtimages via Flickrg anyone interested to contribute an article for possible inclusion in the book. All profits from sales will go to a nonprofit educational and publishing organisation, 826 National. I've reproduced below the information sheet they sent me, including where to submit your work.

Make History on Jan 20 2009:
True Stories, Real People, One Day

On January 20, 2009, the United States will inaugurate Barack Obama as its forty-fourth president. Millions will flock to Washington, and countless more will mark the event in their hometowns., the home of community-sourced books, will publish a collection of inauguration stories, told by real people in their own words.

Jan 20 2009: True Stories, Real People, One Day represents a new approach to documenting history, made possible by's innovative online writing and social media platform. Never before has a publisher had access to so many voices so quickly around such a noteworthy event. This is Community-Sourced History: by the people, for the people.

Will this be a printed book?


Leveraging the speed and agility of the internet and digital printing by CreateSpace (an Amazon company), the printed book will be available within two weeks of the inauguration. Books will be sold on and for $9.99. WEbook will donate all profits from the project - and ask its authors to donate their royalties - to 826 National (, a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in seven cities across the country. Their goal is to assist students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to help teachers get their classes excited about writing

Get Involved

You can add your voice to Jan 20 2009: True Stories, Real People, One Day by sharing your story of your anticipation of, participation in, and reflection on inauguration day. The deadline for short (500 word max) submissions is midnight EST, January 21. Submit online at

If you know other writers who might be interested in being part of this community-sourced history, spread the word or email

About WEbook is an online community where writers, readers, and 'feedbackers' create great books and cast their votes to make their favorite undiscovered writers the next published authors. WEbook is an innovative avenue for new and established writers to find an audience, tapping the wisdom of the crowd to create a unique new form of creative work: community-sourced books.

In early February 2009, WEbook will release its first published community-sourced guide, 101 Things Every Man Should Know How to Do. This 'manthology' - comprising valuable lessons like 'How to Fight a Bear' and 'How to Sneak into Cuba' - was written by 28 authors working on, with help from hundreds of others who shared their insights along the way. What's next? Thrillers, fantasy novels, mysteries, children's books, and more - all written, refined, read, and rated by WEbook users.

You might also like to read this guest post on my blog last year by Melissa Jones, Content Manager of, which explains in more detail how this innovative site works. One of these days I shall definitely get around to joining myself!
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