Matt Stewart (author)

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Matt Stewart (born April 1, 1979) is an American fiction author whose debut novel, The French Revolution, was the first full-length novel to be published entirely on Twitter. Following the Twitter release, the novel was signed to a publishing deal by Soft Skull Press[1] with a release date of Bastille Day, 2010.


Early life and education[edit]

Matt Stewart was born in Washington, DC, on April 1, 1979, and grew up in Garrett Park, Maryland. In 2001, he received a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.[2]


Following unsuccessful efforts to sell his first novel to traditional publishers, Stewart turned to Twitter as a way to distribute his book to interested readers while generating publicity and media attention. He began tweeting the 480,000 character The French Revolution on Bastille Day 2009[3] and finished the novel on October 21, 2009. The process, lasting just over four months and approximately 3,700 tweets,[4] attracted 1,000 followers on Twitter. Stewart was called a "pioneer" by[5] and received worldwide media coverage for his Twitter experiment.[6]

The French Revolution was released in traditional book form on Bastille Day, July 14, 2010.[7] It received a strong critical reception,[8] and was named a Best Book of 2010 by the San Francisco Chronicle[9] and recognized as a Notable Debut by Poets & Writers.[10]

Stewart is currently working on his second novel, Duct Tape, about a homeless man in search of his imaginary son. He also is a contributor to The Huffington Post,[11] regularly publishes short stories, and speaks at literary and digital publishing events, including Litquake[12] and the San Francisco Writers Conference. Stewart has worked as Head of Marketing for the non-profit organization Alliance for Climate Education[13] and is currently a Director at Antenna Group, a San Francisco cleantech strategic communications firm.[14]

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ "Lunch Weekly for Monday, September 21". Publishers Marketplace. 2009-09-21. ...written in a loose parallel of the French Revolution, to Denise Oswald at Soft Skull, by Lisa Grubka at Foundry Literary + Media (NA). 
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  3. ^ Richtel, Matt (2009-07-14). "On Bastille Day, Let Them Read Tweets". Bits. New York Times. 
  4. ^ Kehe, Marjorie (2009-07-15). "Strange times for authors". Chapter and Verse. Christian Science Monitor. 
  5. ^ " Video". CNN. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
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  7. ^ Stewart, Matt (May 25, 2011). "Go Big on Bastille Day". Huffington Post. 
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  9. ^ "Best of 2010 - Books by Bay Area authors". The San Francisco Chronicle. June 27, 2011. Archived from the original on January 17, 2012. 
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  11. ^ Stewart, Matt. "Matt Stewart". Huffington Post. 
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  14. ^ "Antenna Group U.S. Senior Team". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 

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