Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The publishing contracts have begun…

Here at authonomy we always hoped that our site would help people get spotted and get published, and today we’re really pleased to pass on the news of several publishing contracts coming through.

We’re fit to bursting with pride: not one but three different authonomy authors have been signed up to HarperCollins. Each one has a very different story to tell of the journey to acquisition, which we hope is an encouraging sign. World rights have been acquired in all three cases...

authonomist Steven Dunne wrote two novels which were not immediately snapped up by publishers, so he decided to go it alone and self-publish The Reaper, a detective thriller set in Derby about Detective Inspector Damien Brook’s hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who strikes again. The book got a great local reception and ended up being stocked and championed at his local Waterstone’s and Amazon. He then placed his book on authonomy.com in the hope of reaching a wider audience. Sure enough, his book was spotted not only by you canny talent spotters but by a HarperCollins editor, who has signed Steven up for at least one more book. The Reaper will be hitting shops across the UK this summer.

Miranda Dickinson’s Coffee at Kowalski's is a charming romantic comedy set in an Upper West Side New York florist which has won the praise of a legion of authonomists. The book explores ‘what happens when an optimist with a broken heart meets a pessimist who has everything he ever wanted’. HarperCollins editor Sammia Rafique has signed Miranda up for a three book deal.

Finally, author Melanie Davies and published novelist Lynne Barrett-Lee put the workings of their book, Never Say Die, up on authonomy in the autumn. Since then it’s been a busy few months: the authors were taken on by agent Andrew Lownie (http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk), who tells us he uses authonomy and its rankings regularly "to find new clients” and as “useful ammunition when pitching to publishers”. Never Say Die (uploaded on authonomy as ‘Different’) has been sold for a slot on the new Real Life stories imprint, HarperTrue. The book tells the incredible story of Melanie’s life: it’s a captivating romance, about great courage, wisdom and perseverance against all the odds following a devastating accident. The authors say 100% of their proceeds will go to Melanie’s charitable trust, TREAT.

Many congratulations to our creative community at authonomy, and here’s raising a glass to even more contracts and celebrations for authonomists on an ongoing basis.

Join the discussion at the authonomy forum here.

65 comments:

Richie D said...

¡Fantastico!

Cliff Burns said...

Best of luck to these authors and I hope you, at HarperCollins, will give their books proper promotion and support. I also hope this is not a part of a tactic to silence the criticism you have been receiving from a number of quarters--including the "Writers Beware" blog--or a cynical attempt to lure more authors to Authonomy, a captive audience for any print-on-demand type offer you may be intending to spring on them.

dorkismo said...

Yay!!! Best of luck to these new HarperCollins authors!

karen wester newton said...

Congrats to the three new HC authors! I consider that this vindicates the idea of an "online slush pile," at the same time pointing out that it's not AMERICAN IDOL. HC never promised publication based on ratings, only editorial review.

Anonymous said...

I see some people are never pleased. The Authonomy community wanted proof that HC were doing what they said they were doing, Authonomy gets that proof and there's still snide comments.

I think this is great. Three books with deals. Three books that were NOT in the top five - a little bit of hope to those out there that don't want to plug and back-scratch.

And the POD will be optional. You're under no obligation to use it.

Shelli said...

we love the underdogs!

Fred Limberg said...

This is very very encouraging! I've read some things on here that strike me as publishable and I'm very pleased to see that there is serious notice being taken.

fred

Caroline Taggart said...

I'm delighted for all the authors. Congratulations and good luck.

Bill said...

Excellent news - congratulations to all three, and to HC for coming good. So now, as well as getting good feedback and useful suggestions from fellow authors, we know there's a glimmer of hope that others will follow these three.

Bill

banana said...

This is great news and I am happy for the authors who have made such a wonderful success of their opportunities.

Anyone who has read the CS Lewis Narnia series might recognise in the attitude of the 'doom and gloom' merchants, the rather determined grumpy dwarfs in the last book. They were given a feast in a beautiful dining hall, but insisted it was a dirty stable with rotting turnips laid out for them to eat.

Life is what you choose to make of it - as the book Never Say Die - underlines beautifully in more ways than one.

Internet Geek said...

Whoo Hoo!

Mega congrats to all, and glasses of e-champagne to the talented authors!

~Traci

pmrussell said...

Congrats to the authors!

Jobo Pooks said...

Very well done you three. Congratulations; Your dreams come true.

Lubna said...

Yay! Congratulations to the selected writers.

Shayne Parkinson said...

This is wonderful news! Congratulations to the authors, and very best wishes for your books.

Hereward said...

What a surprise, Cliff kicks it off with a spot of negativity! - Lighten up man, this is brilliant news. Congratulations to all three writers and well done to HC for having the faith to start the ball rolling.
Keep up the good work everyone!

Anonymous said...

Can we also add our congratulations and best wishes to the authors - I read quite a bit of Melanie & Lynne's book and was really impressed. N&M The Homely Year

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

This is really good news. Best wishes to all three authors.

Anne

perlesrose said...

Congrats to the signed. Gives hope to all of us to persist, polish, refine, post and persist.

Irving Karchmar said...

Most excellent :) Congratulations to the three authors, and kudos to Authonomy for such a valuable tool for aspiring authors :)

Paul Clayton said...

I think this is wonderful news and most encouraging. I wanted to suggest to HC that, and they may already be doing this, if they look at something here, but decide not to go with it, that they tell the author as much, preferably in an email. This way, that author could 'move on.' As we all know, most novelists are rejected many times before their wonderful work reaches an editor it resonates with. Again, best to the three!

jody said...

Congrats, all! I was happy just to have a place to read others' works and receive feedback. Now that I know the slush pile really works, I'll have to start paying attention to the rankings!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Paul Clayton - it would be lovely to have a brief message to say - did look but no thanks!

Geoffrey Thorne said...

Congrats to the contract holders.

This isn't a lottery and it is your skills as writers that should be trumpeted.

Well done.

Let there be more to come.

fozmeadows said...

Well done to all! This is a great start for authonomy and wonderful news for the authors concerned. I'll definitely be watching this space! :)

kaychristina said...

To see this news the day a new world order of hope begins, is a delight to behold.

Congratulations to our three. Not only have you changed your own lives forever, but you've given us ALL a little of that hope -- YES-WE-CAN!!!

plumboz said...

Congratulations to the authors involved. May it be just the beginning for all of you.

Actually, it is just the beginning. The rest is old fashioned salesmanship.

I wish you all the best.

Alan

Peter Greenwell said...

Well done!

Anonymous said...

Are these really Authonomy discoveries? A little bit of research might lead a person to suspect that these manuscripts were submitted to HC via agencies.

Anonymous said...

This proves that the ranking system doesn't work.

Anonymous said...

Talk about clutching at straws! Several of us, particularly Cliff Burns, said that Authonomy would have to announce some good news urgently to reverse the impact of the POD revelations. Lo and behold, this announcement comes along almost immediately. Well done, Cliff! You know how these people work.

Now, let's look at the three deals. One comes via a prominent agent - so what's new?! Wasn't Authonomy supposed to be about bypassing the agent route? Obviously not.

Another deal flows from a guy who was previously rejected by publishers like HC, but who went down the self-publishing route, had some success and suddenly looked like a far more viable proposition. Again, how much credit can Authonomy claim? By the way, particular congratulations to this author for doing it the hard way. He believed in his book, self-published it and look at him now! Excellent.

As for the third deal, well, to be frank, I'm pretty sure I've seen something very close to that pitch in various how-to-write-blockbusters self-help books. I'm not having a go at this author - she has obeyed the formula perfectly and reaped the rewards, and obeying the formula isn't as easy as many people seem to think. I'm sure this book would have arrived on our bookshelves sooner or later without any help from Authonomy. Best of luck with it.

Two last points. First, all the shameless plugging to get into the top 5 is now, thankfully, seen to be a complete waste of time.
Second, HC have probably had a cursory look at most novels on Authonomy already. So, if you haven't been privately contacted by HC, you can probably assume that HC isn't interested in your book.

Is that such good news?!

Matador Publishing said...

Steve Dunne did self-publish "Reaper" in 2007, but he didn't do it alone as the Authonomy blog suggests. In fact he self-published with Matador (part of Troubador Publishing Ltd), and with our quality production and the help of our marketing and distribution services the book sold out of its (long) print run. We're delighted that he's been picked up by HC, he certainly deserves it as he put a lot of leg-work into selling the book.

Steve is the third Matador author to have been snapped up by HC imprints in the last three months. Polly Courtney published two novels with Matador and has now signed a three-book deal with Arrow; as did Melanie Rose, who also signed a three-book deal with Arrow quite independently. All three have new books out with HC in 2009... proof if you need it that quality self-published books can go on to commercial success.

blue said...

Isn't Steven Dunne's success with The Reaper a glimpse of the future? He self-published, established a market and credibility for his book, and has now been given a conventional deal.

Why shouldn't that be the new publishing model? Forget the dream deals. Every aspiring author should self-publish (no need for agents or contracts), and will learn the hard way about the publishing process and, most importantly, marketing. Do you really have a novel that a lot of people will want to read? Well, try self-publishing and you'll soon find out. If you can get some success then, like Steven, you will find publishers taking notice. After all, if you can make significant inroads without any corporate machine behind you, how much better will you do when you have that machine in your service?

HC POD publishing seems like a perfectly sensible move - it's just a pity they haven't been more upfront about it. They could announce that an author of an HC-POD book that sells more than, say, 1000 copies (a very tough target, let me tell you!), will automatically be given a conventional contract. Isn't that fair enough? Let the marketplace - ordinary readers - decide which books get accepted by the big publishing houses. No need for agents or commissioning editors. The market decides all.

But here's the dilemma for HC and other publishers: if one self-published book becomes a runaway success and the author feels no need to embrace a conventional publishing deal then that could spell terminal disaster for the mainstream publishing industry. Who needs a publisher if you can succeed on your own?

Interesting times, huh?

So... said...

I don't think I'll get into this discussion.

Congratulations to the three new HC contract holders. To write a book that others want to read is one of the great human achievements.

CJ said...

Whatever the route, and whatever the reason, sincere congratulations to all of these authors. I hope they do well with the backing of HC.

Anonymous said...

Three successes:

1) Provincial crime/detective novel – very popular genre (Inspector Rebus etc)
2) Whimsical chick-lit – very popular genre (P.S. I Love You etc)
3) Misery Memoirs – very popular genre (any number of books about heroic struggles against terrible setbacks and problems)

Lessons to be learned?

Sun Singer said...

What wonderful and inspiring news! I look forward to seeing all of these books on the shelves of an Indie store near me.

Malcolm

Karen Jordan said...

How wonderful! Congratulations to all three authors and to many more, hopefully, being discovered on authonomy!

Anonymous said...

To the authors I say a mighty well done, make the most of it, exploit all your contacts to make the titles sell because you want that second and third contract to come.

To Authonomy I must say they are beating something up here to bolster its pet project. It does appear these books were not successful because they were on Authonomy, they made the way through other means and contacts. These book just happened to be on Authonomy as well.

I still don't see a direct sale coming from the site - it may do in the future, but at this time I don't quite see it. There are many books on the authonomy site that are also in the general agent stream - these books rarely get plugged or promoted and are well, well down on the charts.

Again, well done to these writers, no matter how they pushed on through. In this business you use everything you can to get your book into print. In this case the site is taking credit for other people's work - hard work at that.

Stay writing, stay reading good books.

Robert N Stephenson (Uttuku)

Kate Hyde said...

Anonymous 11.06: 'Wasn't authonomy supposed to be about bypassing the agent route?'

In answer to your question, No, absolutely not! In fact we keep in regular touch with literary agents and encourage them to look on the site. authonomy is all about helping good talent get spotted...and is supposed to be a useful tool for creative people and giving visibility to creative projects. We're chuffed to bits to see it starting to have a central part to play in the book industry.

Uttuku: do we recommend ONLY using authonomy and forgoing other means? Absolutely not! Getting spotted involves a lot of luck and a lot of hard graft, and the key is visibility. After 8 or so years as an editor, my advice to all authors is this: use all the tools available to you...and think how each one fits into your strategy of getting and harnessing that visibility.

Our simple goal is to make authonomy one of the most useful tools - for writers and for other side of the story: the talent recruiters.

Melanie and Lynne managed to get a fantastic and savvy agent in Andrew Lownie, and benefitted enormously from the feedback and praise the authonomy community gave them. You can see, then, how powerful it is to build up an army of support before you approach publishers - rankings, comments, backings, having visibility on the talent-spotters' charts too - and how much the community can help each other in their goals.

Cliff Burns said...

Your "community" and ratings had NOTHING WHATSOEVER do to with the selection of these authors as the annointed three. If your comment had any validity at least one of the books chosen would have come from your Top 5 recommends...and none did. Professional editors don't give a damn re: the views of amateur, slush pile writers--especially when said editors are all too aware of the you-scratch-my-back mentality that pervades Authonomy. Nope, for one reason or another, these books had an "in" and the editor(s) singled them out, regardless of the views of your glorified writing and support group.

It would be nice if more people on Authonomy had a firmer understanding of the publishing process and didn't wander around with stars in their eyes. You have no experience in the publishing world and are making all kinds of silly rookie assumptions that have not the slightest basis in reality. When someone begs to differ, the herd huddles together, howling and stamping your feet in outrage.

And that is an unfortunate attitude, especially if you have any hope of making it in a tough, tough business...

Jane Smith said...

"It would be nice if more people on Authonomy had a firmer understanding of the publishing process"

Cliff, it would be nicer if more aspiring writers had a firmer understanding of the publishing process whether they're on Authonomy or anywhere else. I've been blogging about how publishing really works for over six months now and am still nowhere near running out of myths to debunk and misconceptions to straighten out: it's just dreadful how ill-informed many writers are about the business they want to be part of.

Having said all of that, there are many who just don't want to know the truth--it's much easier to blame constant rejections on a publishing model which is somehow broken than on your own failings as a writer.

Internet Geek said...

Jane, there is also the possibility that if someone walks into a room, screaming, "You're all idiots! My book hasn't been snatched up and since I know I'm an excellent writer that proves this place is a con!" that the outraged howling and stamping might be directed at the messenger for assaulting our ears, and not the convoluted message itself...

Cliff Burns said...

Well, no one likes to have their illusions popped and we've certainly seen stark evidence of that on any forum where anyone dares question the validity, purpose and usefulness of entities like Authonomy. Aspiring writers want to DREAM; reality is the last thing they want to hear about.

I offered my perspective as a professional author of nearly 25 years and was loudly shouted down by the wannabes and aspiring types. "Get the f*** out of here!" "What do YOU know?"

Jee-zus.

But I detect there is a wariness trickling in to the forums since the announcement of the Annointed Three. More grumbling as authors realize all their networking and mutual stroking availed them not. Hours of kissing ass, wasted. Reading other people's crappy books and offering an insincere, self-interested vote of confidence.

What happens to the other 2,000 manuscripts on the Authonomy site, now HarperCollins has made their picks? Do people start another book? Do they have the courage, drive and perseverance to face failure yet again? Those are the questions I'm looking forward to seeing answered.

Time will tell...

Jim Brady said...

So, straight from the horse's mouth. Kate Hyde of HC says that Authonomy has nothing to do with bypassing the traditional agent route to publication. In other words, folks, you've still got to get past the same old gatekeepers. Absolutely nothing has changed except that you can now put your typescript on here and pray an agent looks at it. If not, you're going nowhere. Exactly as before!
(Hence why the unagented writers who reach the top 5 each month probably stand no chance at all.)


Also, one can only marvel at the sheer cynicism of HC. It turns out that the "breaking news" regarding the "Authonomy success" story of Melanie Davies turns out to be very old hat and nothing to do with Authonomy at all. Read the truth for yourself (i.e. not filtered through Authonomy's propaganda machine):

http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/morriston/Inspiring-story-s-tiparticle-597078-details/article.html

Remember the gushing email everyone was sent announcing this news? Now we see the truth of the matter. Thanks to the efforts of Cliff Burns in particular with his wake up calls on this blog, Authonomy felt the need to respond by producing a good news story. So, to great fanfare, it gave us this news, which turns out not to be news at all. It's disgraceful that people like Kate Hyde are implying that Authonomy played any meaningful part in Melanie's success (I wish Melanie all the best, incidentally.)

I think we deserve a full apology from HC. The implication of their email was unambiguous and yet the reality was utterly different. (In another case, one of their Authonomy "finds" was a successful self-published author of long standing.)

When can you start telling the truth, Kate, rather than making it up as you go along in order to damp down whatever fire is raging? HC/Authonomy has now lost what little integrity it had.

Cliff Burns may not be everyone's cup of tea - and he sometimes irritates me too - but I think he serves a useful function on here as an antidote to the HC propaganda.

Get real, people. You could set up something like this on FaceBook for yourselves. Who needs HC?

The publishing revolution is coming. The power of editors and agents - the gatekeepers - is vanishing. Technology now allows writers to bypass the gatekeepers and go straight to the readers. Your books will live or die depending on how well you can serve your potential audience out there. Isn't that how it should be? Forget about the dream advances. You should be writing because you love it, not because you love money.

Newspaper circulation is in massive decline thanks to the internet. Now the same thing is happening to book publishing. The internet represents the death of the gatekeepers. They know it and we know it. I for one won't be shedding any tears.

Internet Geek said...

LOL! If nothing else, Cliff, I think you have a future in the field of online text generators - I can see the tag line now...

"Click here and The Surly Scribe will pen a random reply guaranteed to mock and bemoan any attempt at discourse!"

*grin*

~Traci

Cliff Burns said...

Jim: thanks for speaking so passionately...and perceptively. And I understand completely I'm not everybody's cup of tea. But I speak from experience and refuse to pull any punches--which can be annoying to the rookies and wannabes who line up to defend Authonomy/HarperCollins, regardless of the mounting evidence that the whole thing is a FARCE. They choose delusion over reality, hope over understanding.

I'll leave them to their critique group--"your book's so good! I'm voting for it, will you vote for mine?"--and their silly "Top Fives".

It might take awhile but sooner or later the bubble will burst...and our starry-eyed hopefuls will be left with a mess on their face and an unshakable impression that they've been HAD.

Mockingbird said...

Cliff, does it never occur to you that people mean what they say, that they might genuinely enjoy the books that they read. I realise that this might not meet with your very narrow circle of approval, but it is the case. You have mentioned in previous posts authors that you revere, and you are welcome to your opinion. There's nothing wrong with appreciating good literature. However, there is plenty wrong with looking down your nose at people who enjoy populist literature.

I have no illusions about any "media" industry. I don't have stars in my eyes, and I do see Authonomy for what it is. I didn't join it with any other idea than bench testing my story to see if it took. The whole of life is a game. HC are a business, if they rushed this announcement out as a tactic, why not? In the end, does it even matter? Those three writers have contracts. Congratulations to them. The rest of us have to work harder and smarter. No big deal. To borrow a phrase from an annoying advertisement, it's only a website, dear.

Cliff Burns said...

Thank you and I see where you're coming from. I also appreciate the tenor of your rebuttal. You make valid points and I wish you all the best with your writing, wherever it may take you...

Anonymous said...

Congrates to everyone who got a contract out of this site!!! Heartening to know that there are now new ways into the industry. Good luck to all three!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Cliff Burns comments appear to be sound and based on the evidence coming out I pretty much concur with them.

For those of us with non HC contracts that are using Authonomy purely for review prior to final submissions, I guess the news comes as no surprise.

The agent conventional path, tough as it is, is still alive and well. There are no easy 'wins' in this game.

The HC POD offers that are apparently not even giving copy editing or proofreading services just are a shonk.

Why was HC not up front about the POD offers? What was the big secret? I think we all know...

The question for me is this. If HC isn't legit about real offers to top 5 MS and is not charging for use of Authonomy, what exactly are they getting out of it that they couldn't get from their normal slush pile? They only accept agented slush so the stuff appearing in their slush has already gone through a vetting/culling process. Why do they need Authonomy?

Miranda Dickinson said...

Thanks to everyone who had sent congratulations and well done to everyone who has had publishing success as a result of Authonomy.

Just wanted to clear a point up that several people have made in these comments: I can only speak for me, but I have no agent (still) and have never submitted a manuscript to HC or any of its imprints. I was completely blown away when HarperCollins (Avon) contacted me and I never expected to have my book published - I'm still in shock!

I understand the frustration of people prior to this news because there hadn't been any evidence of people getting published as a result of being up on Authonomy. But I can assure you that I am not in any way linked with an agent nor any kind of cynical marketing ploy. I'm just amazed to have an opportunity to see my words in print. I may be among the first, but I most certainly won't be the last to get noticed. Publishers are watching Authonomy now - and the more people who are published as a result of being on this site, the more publishers will look to Authonomy as a place to find the best writing talent - something we have known for a long time!

Jane Smith said...

Miranda, congratulations on your book deal: you've done well, and I'm very pleased for you.

Lynne Barratt-Lee just dropped in on my publishing blog to discuss her own signing, so now all we need is a post from Steven Dunne and we'll have all of you online!

Anonymous said...

As a self-appointed anonymous spokesperson for the Authonomy "Trolls" collective, let me pose the question of why so many people who use Authonomy fail to see it merely as a tool that may or may not help them, but actually start to form a deep emotional relationship with it. They start saying things like, "We, the Authonomy community, think that..." How on earth can a single person talk as if they are the mouthpiece of thousands of others with whom they have had little or no contact? Authonomy is increasingly an example of sinister group think. The herd gathers together to attack an "outsider" like Cliff Burns. In fact, they bear more than a passing resemblance to Scientologists.

I don't know why Cliff keeps coming back for more when he gets such a hostile reception. They're suckers, Cliff. You'll never get through to them. They want to BELIEVE. This is their dream. They will swallow any whopper HC tells them. The few people who are listening to you, Cliff, have probably already packed their bags and left this Stepford Wives community for people sucking up to HC.

Not for a moment do they realise that they are endorsing one of the most cynical corporations on earth, led by a person so reprehensible - Rupert Murdoch - that the great British playwright Dennis Potter said he wanted to shoot him and rid the world of a great evil. Whose side do you want to be on? That of the artist (Potter) or the greed machine (Murdoch)?

The Authonomy "community" have made their position crystal clear. "Screw you, jerk (Troll)!" they will declare to me in their single voice. Guess what - I'm listening to you as much as you're listening to me i.e. not at all. Long live the memory of Potter - and I don't mean Harry!

frenchbob said...

What a pontificating idiot this ANONYMOUS is. No wonder he hides. We write what we want to write and hope it will be published; HC and and others publish what they think will sell. End of story.

Miranda Dickinson said...

With reference to the comment from Cliff, I have to say that it is completely because of the great community on this site that my book was noticed at all. The highest my book ever got in the rankings was 70th - it was only because so many people were kind enough to jump up and down and make a noise on my behalf in the forums that my book was found on the site - how else could it have been noticed when there are over 2,000 manuscripts on here?

For what it's worth, think it's the fact that there is such a great community spirit and sense of encouragement on Authonomy that sets it apart from other sites. When I joined the site it was precisely this that gave me so much encouragement and confidence in my writing. Why shouldn't we feel like we're part of something?? Let's face it: there are enough misery merchants out there all too ready to jump on our aspirations without there being an austere atmosphere here.

Authonomy may very well be a work in progress; but if it encourages new writers to lift their heads above the parapet and start promoting their work then that can only be a good thing!

Anonymous said...

Ms Dickinson, you are being somewhat disingenuous. A perusal of the numerous sites to which you contribute make it clear you are not without connections in the publishing world. To claim you have been plucked from obscurity would be stretching the truth.

Miranda Dickinson said...

Dear Anonymous (love the name,so original...)

I have no previous connections in the publishing world, as you wrongly suggest. I set up and have maintained my blog for two years and set up my own website just to give my writing an outlet - all on my own. I have written for Helium.com and MyVillage.com,(both citizen journalism sites which anyone can contribute to) neither of which have provided me with any money or contacts within the industry. I contributed a story to a charity anthology being put together by a group of writers I met on MyWritersCircle.com, which they self-published using Lulu (unpaid work). I added customer reviews to Waterstone's.com (which anyone can do) in order to make my name more searchable on Google, which, again, anyone can do. I had one short story accepted by Authortrek.com but this brought me the grand sum of 40p and, again, did nothing but add another interesting thing to my 'Other Interests' section of my CV (I was applying for Copywriter jobs and needed to demonstrate my ability to write - again, not within the publishing industry).

Say what you like about this site but don't insinuate that I had any 'helping hand' or preferential treatment to get my work noticed. I did what everyone else on Authonomy did - I uploaded a manuscript and plugged it through the forums. Nobody helped me, advised me or gave me an advantage over anyone else. I repeat what I've already said: if it can happen for me, it can happen for anyone. If you choose to see the world as a cynic, that's your choice - but this is an actual dream come true that happened and will happen for other talented writers on this site. I am more than happy for you to message me or email me if you wish to find out more to put your mind at rest on this one.

just..gord said...

How to combat the social network effect of "Ill write you a good review, if you write me a good one" ?

I think a big part of the solution is to make reviews and review ratings anonymous.

I hope Harper Collins will seriously consider this. I think it would really improve the site and address its main weakness.

It takes a lot of discipline to not give in to the need to be popular, and to remain impartial and completely fair when reviewing work. Its arguably impossible to do so. Its an ethical dilemma. But I think technology can help.

A person may or may not have voted for George Bush - theres a good reason for not wanting such information to be public :]


I think we also need a clearer distinction between anonymous 'formal critical Review' and attributed 'friendly comment'.

gord

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