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.
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