I do believe the online novel was launched as a fundraiser. Ms. Valente's work, both poetry and fiction has already been extensively published.
Here is her background. Either way, she is quite young and is an incredible and resourceful person. This little find fuels my interest in uncovering many more publishing gems, known and unknown. Everyone has a story to tell!
I think I'll move on now. If anyone digs up any more tidbits on CMV, please let me know! Maybe she'll find her way here and speak for herself.