Julian Fellowes has signed a deal with the Hachette Book Group division, Grand Central Publishing. Fellowes (pictured, via) has become well-known as an Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the creator of the Downton Abbey television show. He plans to write a serialized novel entitled Belgravia.
Readers can access each part of the story through a special app; the app itself will be available for download at http://julianfellowesbelgravia.com. In April 2016, the publisher will release the prologue and afterwards a new section of the story will be unveiled on a weekly basis. A hardcover print edition of the book will hit bookstores on July 5.
Here’s more from the press release: “Each of the 10 installments can then be purchased individually for $1.99 via the website or e-book retailers, and the entire series can be purchased through the website for $13.99 with the reader receiving an alert as soon as the next installment is available. The installments can also be listened to as audiobooks, available via the website, and the reader will be able to switch between reading and listening at any stage. There will be extra content, videos, and other bonus features such as music, character portraits, maps of Belgravia, family trees, and period fashions included within each installment.”