Have you heard about Authonomy?
It’s a site created by the editors at Harper Collins (home of Avon, doncha know) . And it’s purpose is to find new books and authors.
authonomy invites unpublished and self published authors to post their manuscripts for visitors to read online. Authors create their own personal page on the site to host their project – and must make at least 10,000 words available for the public to read.
Visitors to authonomy can comment on these submissions – and can personally recommend their favourites to the community. authonomy counts the number of recommendations each book receives, and uses it to rank the books on the site. It also spots which visitors consistently recommend the best books – and uses that info to rank the most influential trend spotters.
We hope the authonomy community will guide publishers straight to the freshest writing talent – and will give passionate and thoughtful readers a real chance to influence what’s on our shelves.
By the way, it doesn’t cost anything to do this–just your willingness to create an online profile and post 10K words of your novel. Would be a great opportunity to circumvent the slush pile!