jump to navigation

New author? Why not try Authonomy.com? November 3, 2008

Posted by chrismichaels in General, Robot Business.
trackback

Authonomy - the online community for new authors

Authonomy - the online community for new authors

At Angry Robot we want to publish the best new titles for the future of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and all points in-between.

That means in practise that Marco needs to read a lot of manuscripts, digging up the nuggets from out there in the genre universe. Like most publishers, this means we’ve taken a decision not to accept unsolicited submissions at this stage. You can read more about our policy here, and over the coming months we’ll be adding a more detailed guide to how to get your work published with us.

But for now, for those of you out there with a great work itching to get out there, why not try Authonomy.com? Launched by our parent company HarperCollins earlier this year, Authonomy is an online community for new authors to have their work peer-reviewed by other budding authors out there on the interweb, and an ever-growing community of editors and talent-spotters. The best manuscripts rise to the top of the pile by a nifty ranking system, which sees the most positively accepted hit the top of a league table … and the top 5 of the league every month hit the desks of HarperCollins editors worldwide.

We’ll be announcing more about Angry Robot’s involvement with Authonomy.com in the months ahead – we think it’s a great initiative and want to be a part of it. But for now, check it out, and if you’ve got the next Lord of the Rings, Neuromancer or Imajica lurking on your laptop, put it on there – it’s your chance to see what the world thinks of your potential masterpiece.

Advertisements

Comments»

1. bribiewriter - November 4, 2008

Sounds great but wouldn’t a writer be better off with an agent trying to get their book onto the HarperCollins editors’ desks?

2. Marco - November 5, 2008

We see it like this:

— Number of SF/F fans who are unpublished but would like to be published: many hundreds, maybe even thousands.

— Number of SF/F fans who manage to get an agent so interested in their work that the agent takes them on, to sell on to a publisher: ten to twenty a year.

So Authonomy.com is about improving your chances of the latter, by getting constructive feedback from peers, and every so often from some professionals — including, on occasion, members of the Angry Robot crew. If that means that, eventually, a selection of Authonomy writers graduate to having agents, and even selling books for publication, then it will be hurrahs all round.

3. bribiewriter - November 6, 2008

OK, you (and a couple of others) have sold me. I’ve put the opening of my sci-fi novel ‘Time and Tyde’ up on the Authonomy site. I’ve even reviewed someone else’s book already.

Now I just keep obsessively watching the rankings, I suppose.

Cheers,

Graham Storrs.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: