Thursday, 4 September 2008

A new way to get published?

Very interesting post on Scott Pack's blog today about a website set up by Harper Collins (called Authonomy) where writers can upload their unpublished novels for review and possible talent spotting by agents and publishers or, as Harper Collins put it, "for promoting and recruit new writing and editorial talent". Worth a look.

5 comments:

Quillers said...

Oh brilliant, Cally, thank you!

Leatherdykeuk said...

I want someone to tell me why uploading a whole novel and making it available for readers to read and judge it for free is a good idea. The whole site (and I admit I have Jasfoup's Dribbles' on there) feels like the Amazon contest from last year only without the chance of a prize. Okay *maybe* an agent or publisher will get to the bottom of their slush pile and think "I want to publish something - what's rated best on Authonomy?" but somehow I doubt it.

Please, will someone tell me why Authonomy is a good idea?

Pat Posner said...

I always feel slightly suspicious about this sort of thing; I think if I were an ed or agent going online to read novels there would feel like going out of the way to increase the already overloaded slushpiles.

Calistro said...

Hmmm yes, I take your point leather. I think it's probably worth being a bit skeptical about these types of things but if you've tried all the agents and publishers on your list it might be worth a go? Or it might be good for people who don't belong to a writing group and need a place where they can get some impartial feedback from strangers.

Leigh said...

I too feel a bit cagey about subbing to things like this, as I do to any publisher/agent who wants the whole novel in electronic form.

Obviously, I don't really think my work is likely to be nicked (what flattery that would be!), but I'd be gutted if it were. :-(