DailyLit, an online service that delivers fiction to consumers via daily e-mail installments, will be releasing its first short story bundle on December 19. You Don't Look Like Your Picture: Stories of Love in the Digital Age will explore "the ways our digital obsessions have (and haven't) transformed the way we love."
Contributors to the bundle include Adam Haslett, who was both a Pulitzer and National Book Award finalist for his story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here; Tova Mirvis, author of The Ladies Auxiliary; and Deni Bechard whose Vandal Love won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. New authors Vanessa Hua, Namwali Serpell, and Justin Keenan, DailyLit’s managing editor, also have pieces in the bundle.
“We want to spark a conversation about how technology is changing the rituals of love and romance,” said Jennifer 8. Lee, the publisher of DailyLit. “Everyone has an experience of how these changes are permeating life, and giving us the ability — or inability — to connect with people.”
The bundle, which is priced at $4.99, is delivered in 42 installments to the purchaser's inbox (though those who want to read it all at once have the option of accessing the stories online). You Don't Look Like Your Picture is also available on DailyLit's mobile reading app when the app is released next year.
Additionally, DailyLit is inviting readers to send in their own personal tales of love in the digital age to firstname.lastname@example.org or to share them via Twitter using the hashtag #digitallove. DailyLit will choose a selection of these submitted personal stories to create a companion compilation to You Don’t Look Like Your Picture.