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
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY KAT FRENCH!
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.
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.