Recommended by my critique partner, Gemi, I signed up to the Authonomy site run by Harper Collins and uploaded my latest wip. The purpose of the site, is to have your work read and commented on by other authors. If they add comments to your work and recommend it to others who in turn read it, your book ranking climbs. If you participate regularly and comment on other books and on the forum, your member ranking climbs too.
The higheryour workclimbs,the more chance it has to make 'The Editor’s Desk' and the ultimate aim is to be one of the five manuscripts a month that are read by a Harper Collins editor.
My manuscript has been on the site for five days and four people have added it to their bookshelf and I have had five constructive and complimentary comments on it. My ranking has climbed considerably, but part of that I put down to it being on the ‘new’ list and those books are bound to get attention.
However, browsing through the forums, I have noticed that some people seem to be under the impression that Harper Collins staff will be trawling through the site offering six figure book deals to at least three authors a day.
They aren’t happy bunnies that in their opinion, this isn’t happening either.
I don’t know how old the site is, but HC are a large company and any negotiations are going to take months, not days. So maybe they have approached some authors, but if they haven’t, why are the authors complaining?
The site is available to anyone, your work gets read and you receive feedback. This feedback is predominantly constructive and useful, enabling the author to polish and hone their work – and all for free. And as my fellow author Ginger Simpson said in her own blog today, 'It's a known fact, if you solicit an opinion, you'll get one...and you may not always like it or agree.'
I intend staying on the site, at least for a while. I would recommend it to anyone who wants feedback on their work and who is prepared to offer it to others in return.
They won't find me complaining anyway.