There's the old saying that writing is a solitary pursuit, but as members of Authonomy you'll know that it doesn't have to be. Authonomy published author Mary Vensel White said, when we interviewed her earlier this year, 'One of the benefits of Authonomy (is) the feedback from other writers and readers'. There's the chance to be discovered and have your manuscript read by an Editor, but there's also so much to gain from the community aspects of the site. The entries to our review competition (which closes tomorrow!) prove it, there are so many insightful and helpful reviews.
But if you're new to Authonomy - well, we're all newbies to the new Authonomy - you might be wondering where to start. Whether you've been working on your manuscript for years and are finally ready to share it with others, you're just starting out and want help along the way, or you're a reader who enjoys discovering unknown talent read on for some tips on how to get the most out of Authonomy.
Reading – There are so many great books to discover on Authonomy and lots of different ways to find them. From seeing what is heading towards the Editor’s Desk, to searching using a tag, e.g. #ChickLit or #Comedy, you’re sure to find plenty to read. The more you read and rate, the better our recommendations to you will be. You may want to recommend a book you’ve found in the forums, to share your discovery with other members and give the author a boost.
6 stars – Excellent: Publish it. I’d buy it myself and recommend it to everyone!
5 stars – Very good: Should be on the bookstore shelves already!
4 stars – Good: Shows real promise.
3 stars – Average: Readable, but still needs work.
2 stars – Poor: Unlikely to attract readers in its current form.
1 star – Awful: Pulping is too good for it!
Commenting and Critiquing – Giving and receiving feedback can be one of the most helpful and rewarding features of Authonomy. Sometimes you might just want to tell an author how great you think their book is, or you’ll spot some things that you think will help the author improve their work. Honesty is the best policy here as most authors are on Authonomy to improve their work and will welcome constructive feedback. Writing is rewriting, so while it can be hard to accept that a reader thought your male lead was diabolical rather than dashing, it’s a really valuable part of the process.
Backing – This one is simple: back the books you think should be published. While your shelf is visible, authors can’t see a list of whose shelves their book is on, so back the books you love.
Do you have any tips on how you get the most out of Authonomy?