The best part about Matt Stewart releasing his book on Twitter is you don't have to read it on Twitter -- you can't, actually. Not anymore. Less than a year after tweeting The French Revolution in 140-character chunks around 3,700 times, Stewart got a book deal from Soft Skull Press. His gimmick worked. But as the reviews arrive, it's becoming clear that Stewart first followed the most elementary piece of publishing advice for young writers: Good work will out. Stewart wrote a quality novel. The French Revolution, set lovingly in San Francisco and displaying an excellent grasp of it, is drawing comparisons to A Confederacy of Dunces, as much for its bursting portrait of city life and outsized plot as for its fleshy protagonist. So stop worrying out about how hard it is to get published -- it's not supposed to be easy -- and write something people will read. If you already have, post it on Tumblr. Tumblr is hot right now.
Wed., Aug. 18, 7 p.m., 2010