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The online slush pile comes through!

Some time ago HarperCollins' UK division created a combination writing workshop/online slush pile called Authonomy. I assume the name was an attempt to marry the concepts of authors and autonomy. Anyway, HC has just announced the first three publishing contracts for folks who had posted on Authonomy. One author had self-published his serial killer mystery/thriller and then used Authonomy to get noticed. Another book was a memoirs (possibly fictionalized; it wasn't clear) by two authors. The third was a romantic comedy, and that author actually got a three-book deal.

One of the authors has reposted her book, so it's difficult to tell how well-rated the original version was, but the other two books had not done all that well in the ratings, or even been reviewed all that often, compared to some. This lends some credence to the folks who complain about the ratings being too socially-based, but I think that's beside the point. Authors are not often the best judges of their own work, so it's not all that surprising that they don't necessarily pick the most marketable books as their favorites. And besides, there is and will always be a subjective element to what an editors buys.

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Jan. 22nd, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
AbsoluteWrite posters seem skeptical. I am, too. One of the authors getting a contract was not a beginner, already had an agent, and dropped their book prior to publishing disclosure. At least, that's the report from AbsoluteWrite.

I sense some sour grapes, but I just congratulate the writers and wish them the best. I should be so lucky.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I thought all three books were on the site? Although one woman did remove the original version and repost a new version. Maybe that's what they're referring to?

We should both be so lucky!
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