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James Frey defends collective writing venture

22nd November 2010

Controversial US writer James Frey has defended his group writing project, after the venture attracted criticism.

In an interview with guardian.co.uk, the A Million Little Pieces author hit out at the flack that has recently been directed at Full Fathom Five, which is a book-writing factory that sees emerging writers craft works conceived by Frey.

The project has been subjected to criticism from a number of sources, including an article in New York magazine that claimed the young authors actually writing the books are offered 'brutal' contracts.

Details of the contract highlighted by the publication include the fact that writers do not own the copyright of any works they produce, but they remain financially responsible for legal action brought against them.

Defending the initiative, Frey told guardian.co.uk: 'I know I'm the bad boy of American literature, but that's not what this is about. I'm doing this because I love books.'

He added that he founded Full Fathom Five because he wanted to help young people stay interested in reading and saw collective writing as a way to publish all the ideas he does not have time to write himself.

Frey also denied that the contract offered is harsh, claiming it is similar to many currently found in the creative industries and offers better terms if the writer is working on their own ideas.
 

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