Book Talk | July 12, 2013 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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- July 12, 2013

Book Talk

CROWD-EDITING ... Palo Alto resident Keith Raffell, who has published two mysteries through a traditional publisher and another two as self-published ebooks, has a new twist for his fifth: He's asking his readers to "join with me in publishing my fifth novel, 'Temple Mount,' a thriller set in Jerusalem, by signing up on Kickstarter ( to pre-order. ... They can join me at the launch, help name characters, or even take out their red pencils and edit the book. I am figuring that crowd-editing will work better than any single editor ever could," he wrote in an email. By July 11, 117 backers had pledged $12,165, with 14 days left to reach his $18,000 goal.

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