Margaret Atwood On NPR: The Internet Revived A Classic Publishing Platform
She says that this new type of publishing gets the audience more involved and invested in the story as their feedback can help determine the course of the story. "The closest analogy is probably a TV sitcom," she tells NPR. "If somebody's getting high ratings you make their part bigger, and if they're not...you have them die." Since the story is being uploaded in parts, the audience's opinion will play a role in how Atwood finishes the story, and she can interact with the fans as it unfolds. As to whether or not it will eventually become a full-length book once all of its parts are published, that "remains to be seen," Atwood says. She's not ruling it out, but she said the fans will just have to wait and see. Given that Atwood is so well known for thinking outside of the box and embracing cutting edge trends, she may have a completely different method for publishing the book when it's finished.
With decades of experience—and great success—in the literary world, Atwood has become a household name. In her gripping works of fiction, her ventures into technology, and her enrapturing lectures, she has an undeniable talent for telling a good story in provocative and innovative ways and always keeping her fans on their toes.