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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Coliloquy Unmasked

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you probably remember me mentioning a little book called Sea. It was heartbreaking, and real, and romantic...and left me wanting more. I, along with a handful of other bloggers, harassed - I mean, gently reminded - author Heidi R. Kling about this. Of course, being a wonderfully evil author, she repeatedly teased us with tweets about #SexahMagicBook, her next release.

Last fall, Kling revealed that the mysterious #SexahMagicBook was actually titled Witch's Brew and would be the first in a ten book series published by the equally-mysterious publisher Coliloquy.

Well, today is finally the day when everything comes to light. After months of little more than a cheerful homepage promising information soon, the mystery that is Coliloquy (and Witch's Brew) is finally being revealed. Check out the press release below to find out about this intriguing new Kindle-centered publisher!




PALO ALTO, January 17, 2012 Coliloquy (www.coliloquy.com), a publisher of active and interactive fiction, launches today with four adult and young adult romance (YAR) series from award-winning authors and screenwriters, now available exclusively in the Amazon Kindle Store. Coliloquy represents the next generation of digital publishing, taking advantage of new technology to reinvent the way authors and their audiences interact with reading and narrative. Coliloquy’s new publishing format enables multiple story lines, serials and episodic story-telling, personalized content, in-book engagement mechanics and the delivery of prompts and special or exclusive extras to create a more fluid and immersive story-telling experience.

Coliloquy comes out of the Kindle Developer Program for Active Content and will be available immediately on Kindle, Kindle Touch, and Kindle Keyboard devices. By delivering titles as active content applications, rather than static publishing files, Coliloquy enables new kinds of engagement made possible by advances in electronic book distribution. Multiple “what if” story lines let authors and readers explore different permutations of character relationships. TV-like episodes can grow and change, based on reader choices, voting, and feedback. Fans can reread a key scene from a different character’s point-of-view or unlock new content.

Digital non-fiction, children’s books, and textbooks are being revolutionized with new forms of delivery and interactive multi-media features, but Coliloquy is the first publisher to focus on the narrative experience of adult fiction.

Coliloquy’s underlying platform also introduces a new type of in-book feedback for authors.  In combination with a serial format, this approach de-risks the writing process and allows authors to test and refine new ideas based on insights from their readers.

Coliloquy Authors and Titles
Coliloquy’s launch authors include award-winning authors and screenwriters, all using the platform in different ways. They include:

Heidi R. Kling, Witch’s Brew (The Spellspinners of Melas County): a contemporary young adult series about a modern day witch who must betray everything she knows to save her magic and her forbidden love.

Kira Snyder, Dead Letter Office (Parish Mail): a contemporary southern gothic mystery series about a teenager who discovers a cache of centuries-old letters containing clues to crimes happening in the present day.

Liz Maverick, Arcania, Trial by Fire #1 (Arcania): a young adult fantasy series about an underachieving  teen thrust into an MMO-like world of magical combat, where she must master her own genetic gifts while investigating her twin sister’s suspicious death.

I must admit, I am rather curious to see what Coliloquy is all about. What about you?

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