Fastest time to produce a novel (team)
Who
Editorial Art, Asociația Culturală Aedificatio , Universitatea București (University of Bucharest) , 53 professional authors and academics
What
9/5/8 hour(s):minute(s):second(s)
Where
Romania (Bucharest,,“Spiru Haret” lecture theatre, University of Bucharest)
When
The fastest time to produce a novel by a team of writers is 9 hours 5 minutes 8 seconds for "Moş Crăciun & Co" (Santa Claus & Co.), a collaborative book by 53 professional authors and academics (all Romania). The project was developed by Asociația Culturală Aedificatio together with Editura Art publishing house and the support of the Universitatea București (all Romania). The collaborative effort took place at the “Spiru Haret” lecture theatre, University of Bucharest, Romania, on 15 December 2012. The 53 authors are: Leonard Ancuţa, Diana Bădică, Lavinia Bălulescu, Lavinia Branişte, Anca Bucur, Marius Chivu, Laurenţiu Constantin, Bogdan Coşa, Andrei Crăciun, Augustin Cupşa, Silviu Dancu, Gabriel H. Decuble, Adrian Diniş, Luca Dinulescu, Cosmin Dragomir, Gruia Dragomir, Florin Dumitrescu, M. Duţescu, Mihail Gălăţanu, Adrian Georgescu, Silviu Gherman, Adela Greceanu, Mugur Grosu, Ioan Groşan, Florin Iaru, Marieva Ionescu, Cristina Ispas, Cosmin Manolache, Maria Manolescu, Eusebiu Matei, Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari, Mitoş Micleuşanu, Iulia Militaru, Dmitri Miticov, Oana-Cătălina Ninu, Radu Niţescu, Veronica Plăcintescu, Dan Pleşa, Matei Pleşu, Mihai Radu, Ana Maria Sandu, Elena Stancu, Bogdan-Alexandru Stănescu, Alexandru Al. Şahighian, Livia Ştefan, Cecilia Ştefănescu, Silvia T., Simona Tache, Iulian Tănase, Alex Tocilescu, Răzvan Ţupa, Luiza Vasiliu, Anca Vieru. The extent of the book is 288 pages, with a total word count of 56,541. The plot, set during Christmas in Romania, was developed by narrators Gabriel H. Decuble, Florin Iaru, Răzvan Ţupa and Marius Chivu. The record attempt began at 10:20 a.m. with the conception of the original plot and characters. The developing and writing of the novel took 5 hours 35 minutes in total, after which the book was edited, proof-read and printed. The first finished copy was ready at 7:25 p.m. and the timer stopped. The book went on to have an initial print run of 1,000 copies, of which 380 copies were sold as of 31 May 2013, with the reminder of the stock shipped to the various retail outlets as of the date of the record verification. The book's ISBN is 978-973-124-858-5 and the cover price is 25 lei (£4.50; €5.50).