Novel Tweets

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Matt Stewart is hoping to make history this Bastille Day by becoming the first author (“as far as he can tell”) to publish his entire full-length novel via Twitter.

The novel, conveniently titled The French Revolution, “is an epic San Francisco tale exploring the haywire extremes of the French Revolution within the microcosm of a dysfunctional family.”

Stewart, who has written for Instant City and listed for McSweeney’s, says that he wants to “try a social experiment—see how the world reacts to a long-form tale told in snippets.”

So will it work? Stewart starts his experiment today, follow and find out.


Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host of BuzzFeed News’ Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM. He also appears frequently on The Today Show to talk books, and is co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), and the author of a YA novel and picture book forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He uses Twitter. More from this author →