Allow Me to Bore You with This Fake Novel about Myself

January 21, 2007 | 2

It’s either a sign of the impending apocalypse or an easy out for all those aspiring writers trying get their first book written. A business called “Book by You” lets you…

Enjoy the adventure of starring in your very own personalized novel! You co-author our books by providing the names, features and places to include in your personalized novel. These novels are full-length, 100 to 199-page books that look and feel just like a classic paperback novel.

The fact that this business exists pains me on many levels. (via Sean)

created and edits The Millions. He is co-editor of the collection of essays The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, called "funny, poignant, relentlessly thought-provoking" by The Atlantic. He and his family live in New Jersey. If you'd like to correspond, please don't hesitate to email.


  1. This reminds me of those books you "created" when you were kids and the company inserted your name, friends' names, pets names into the story and then sent the bound version to you and it was YOUR very special book.
    Only, even then, kids were bright enough to know that they were not authors. Geesh.

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