A Message from Authonomy

It is with great sadness that we must announce the closure of Authonomy.

We created Authonomy in 2008 as a way of discovering new talent by throwing open our doors to unagented, aspiring writers, and asking likeminded writers and readers to help us discover and champion great work. Through Authonomy, we found fantastic authors, such as Miranda Dickinson, Steven Dunne and Kat French, and published incredible titles, such as The Qualities of Wood and Someone to Love Us.

Unfortunately in recent years publishing of titles from the site has slowed as we have opened other submissions channels, and the community has become smaller, so the decision to close Authonomy has been made.

HarperCollins remains committed to discovering new writers, and this is reflected in our dynamic, genre-focused, digital-first lists such as HarperImpulse, and our open submissions windows for innovative commercial imprints such as Voyager and The Borough Press. We would encourage the very talented members of the vibrant Authonomy community to continue to show us their work through these channels.

In the meantime, the site will remain in operation until 30th September 2015, to give you ample time to retrieve work, exchange manuscripts with your friends on the site and arrange to keep in touch.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for playing a part in the Authonomy story over seven wonderful years. We might have had the idea, but it was truly made by you and your passion for the written word.

We hope that you have gained something special from belonging to the Authonomy community, whether that is the ability to evaluate your own work more easily, new writing skills, or friendship and support from your peers. Above all, we hope you enjoyed it. We certainly did.

We very much hope this is not goodbye and that you will continue to interact with us via one of our many other routes for submissions. Until then, we wish you the very best for your future and for your writing.

The Authonomy Team


The Workbench - The Boat

In 'The Workbench' we post a prompt, image, or basic premise, and you write a short scene/extract around it and post it in the comments. It's a great way for you to showcase your ability and persuade us to check out your work on Authonomy. We re-post entries that catch our eye.

Guest Blog: Ingrid Seymour - Self-Promoting Through Social Media

As part of #VirtualVoyager week we welcome to the blog another of Voyager's brand new digital-first authors. Ingrid Seymour's Ignite the Shadows, is a dystopian YA novel that has been described as a 'Genre bending festival of awesome'. Ingrid has built up a great presence on social media by creating meaningful conversation and interesting content - just check out her brilliant book trailer. Social media can be a tricky thing for many authors to get to grips with so we asked her for some advice on how to self-promote and actually enjoy doing it!  

#VirtualVoyager Online Sci-Fi and Fantasy Festival

Sci-Fi and Fantasy writers and fans should look out for this fantastic week-long online event from our friends at Harper Voyager. As you'll know from our interview with Authonomy's own A.F.E. Smith, whose debut novel Darkhaven is out now, Voyager have just launched their digital-first list and they're doing something pretty exciting to celebrate. Read on to see how you can get involved!

Read an Extract of Kat French's New Book


Please join us in wishing Kat French a very happy publication day! The Piano Man Project, follow up to the brilliant Undertaking Love is out today so let's raise a glass to Kat! To celebrate we're giving you a sneak peek at the first chapter of the book!

You can also find out more about Kat's journey to the publication of her second novel in the guest blog she did for us a few weeks ago.

One to Watch Wednesday - On the Banks of the River

One to Watch this week is On the Banks of the River by Steven B. Fischer

Two equally intriguing stories run parallel in this delightful piece of magical realism. The writing is assured and lyrical, though perhaps a tad adjective heavy, and is a joy to read.

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