Revising Leah

December 16, 2008

Authonomy

As I suspected I might, I’ve posted the full text of The Spring to HarperCollins’ website, Authonomy (I’ll post Leah after I’ve corrected the galleys next month). The purpose of the website is for aspiring writers to post their work, collect votes from readers, and hopefully have their work read by HC publishing execs and published by HC or one of their imprints. Every month, 5 lucky winners are chosen.

I doubt I’ll win the grand prize. From what I’ve been able to tell, there is a lot of horse trading involved, a lot of “I’ll vote for your book if you’ll vote for mine,” and a lot of people trying to game the system. (HC claims they’re looking for the best writers, but what they end up with are the people who are best at assembling a network of voters.) I’m not interested in that sort of politicking, so I doubt my novel will get very far in the rankings.

What I am using the site for is simply another online platform where I can post my work. If I can get even a few people to read my stories, then that’s a success for me.

You have to be registered and logged in to vote for a book, but everyone can read The Spring by following this link.

P.S.: I did NOT submit this post to AlphaInventions. I’m playing it straight.

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4 Comments »

  1. Crooked popularity contests are insufferable.

    Comment by DOMINO — December 16, 2008 @ 3:13 pm

  2. interesting, i’ll have to check out Authonomy some time. i’m still a while from completion of my novel. i’ve had some reading already on my blog, which is kind of cool. i plan to do a short run self publishing to have books to give to friends and family after the finishing the book and editing it. getting published would be a thrill, but i know that is a long shot. i might follow your lead and post it on Authonomy on that distant day that my wife and i finish it.

    Comment by flighttoinsanity — December 16, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

  3. I hadn’t heard of this. Interesting. Through a couple of jumps on google I ended up at this review though: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2008/09/victoria-strauss-authonomy-slushkiller.html

    I wish you great gobs of luck.

    Comment by Sasha Lynn — December 16, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

  4. @DOMINO:
    I don’t know if it’s crooked (if a system or contest can be gamed, it will be), but it is definitely a popularity contest, as is the entire “old school” publishing industry.

    @flighttoinsanity:
    I’m a lot more interested in self-publishing than prostituting my work to a publishing company. Of course, I’m among that very rare breed of writer who isn’t interested in fame and fortune. For me, writing is about fulfilling my creative impulse, and self-publishing allows me full creative control over my work.

    @Sasha Lynn:
    Thanks! And that’s a great link you posted. It looks like most of the big publishers are getting in on the act. I wonder if it isn’t just a way to do an end-run around literary agents, and thus pay new writers even less money than they already do.

    Comment by jmreep — December 16, 2008 @ 4:41 pm


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