Woman Writes Novel On Her Blackberry And Gets It Published

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Our thumbs are ACHING just thinking about this. In only four short months, Georgina Campbell, a south London based British woman and mom of three, managed to “write” an entire book – all 55,600 words of it – on her Blackberry’s memopad app. Her 200 page, smartphone crafted manuscript ultimately landed Georgina a publishing deal for what is now the first-time author’s debut novel, The Kickdown Girls.

As for the story behind the story, Georgina’s new found literary success was the result of a bet she and her 14-year old daughter made after watching a movie together.

Mum and daughter each had a very different opinion of the movie: her daughter thought it was “brilliant”; Georgina thought it was “rubbish”, claiming she could write a better script. Rather than take the easy route and agree to disagree, they challenged each other to write something.

We’re not sure if her daughter completed the task, but Georgina most certainly did and this is the premise of her story turned published novel. “There was a group of friends, Leona, Shelly, Maggie, Sonia and me, Jennie. We were all good girls and had big plans for ourselves. And Kriss, he’s hot but he’s older and he’s Claire’s brother, so Jennie can’t go there, no way. Then one of the group winds up stabbed and Jennie and her friends are out to sort the asshole who did it, whatever it takes. What with that and some family stuff Jennie does a little growing up, and who’s gonna help her do that better than the gorgeous Kriss.” The publisher describes The Kickdown Girls as “a story for today, for the streetwise girl who knows what she’s worth and who ain’t worth her time.”

Hhhhmmm… certainly not a story for everyone, but we applaud Georgina for her inventiveness, determination and enviable dexterity.

The Kick Down GirlsSetting out to write a novel is a task most people would never attempt, let alone on a Blackberry. Hands down, we’d opt for a real keyboard and full size screen, even resorting to old school pen and paper before reaching for a smartphone. But Georgina, who currently works as a chef at the U.S. Embassy in London, said she decided to ink her novel on her Blackberry “because it was something I had with me all the time and could easily just take out and start typing anywhere.”

We just hope she asked for a personal hand masseuse as part of her publishing deal.

The Kickdown Girls was recently published in mid-September and is now available in the U.S. on Amazon.com. While there are no reviews from US customers yet, “Avid Reader”, who commented on the book on the UK edition of Amazon.com, offered a less than glowing or kind assessment of Georgina’s first effort. “Dreadful” is the title of his or her customer review. Well, we guess Georgina will learn rather quickly that you can’t please everyone all the time.

Not sure we’ll be putting this book on our “must read” list, but we think it’s very cool that Georgina Campbell set out to accomplish something pretty incredible and succeeded. Who knows… maybe with a little more practice and polish, she’ll become the J.K. Rowling of the smartphone-written-novel genre.

  • Hannah

    Wow, that’s cool. At first the book sounded a bit promising, but then I got to the “dreadful” part… too bad, but it does sound like some good YA reading… just perfect for her daughter.

  • Tara

    My fingers are aching just thinking about writing an entire book on a smartphone!

  • Georgina Campbell

    My name is Georgina Campbell,I wrote the kickdown girls
    It’s not dreadful that’s one man who hasn’t even read it, for true it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but that’s fine, I’m jus a mum who had a bet and followed it through so if you want to hate me for that its kool pinch of salt and that, but to everyone who has nice things to say thank you
    Georgina x

    • WYSK

      Hi Georgina – Thanks so much for taking the time to comment… what a privilege to have the author and Woman You Should Know this post is about chime in. Take our word for it, when you write for a living for public consumption, you will have people who love what you do, like what you do or down right hate it. Applause AND boos come with the territory.

      But, our WYSK readers are smart enough to not judge a book by it’s cover or, in this case, by one anonymous person’s comment.

      As we said in the post, “certainly not a story for everyone, but we applaud Georgina for her inventiveness, determination and enviable dexterity” and “we think it’s very cool that Georgina Campbell set out to accomplish something pretty incredible and succeeded.”

      So, BRAVA to you!

  • Georgina Campbell

    Just checking in x
    Thanks again means lot, like I said I just a mum like many,
    Trying to show the kids of to day, life is what you make it, please think about what your doing
    The world is a hard enough place all the things that are happening with the youths in our day and age are killing each other, I’m just trying to show them anything is possible !
    Be good still out of trouble, find something you love and go for it xxxx
    Georgina xxxx

  • BTDT

    It’s rather ironic that the author is getting quite defensive at the thought of someone deeming her book as “dreadful”, when the sole reason for her writing this book is because she deemed someone else’s movie script as “rubbish”. It would behoove her to develop a thicker skin or realize that if she is going to dish it out, she will also have to learn to take it. With that being said, I applaud her for this impressive and unique accomplishment. It’s not a genre I would typically read, but I wish her the best of luck with the book.

  • gargouille

    And the eye strain…no one can have a career writing these because she will go blind by volume 3.