One of the latest trends in writing and publishing has been blogs. The idea is that you write a blog and turn your best blog posts into a book. General this works best for non-fiction where each blog post represents a single idea that you can paste together with other similar blog posts to create a chapter and eventually a book. Blogging a book gives you a chance to get feedback from others and capture your ideas.
For fiction writers, blogging can still work, but you’ll need to blog much like writers did when magazines serialized their novels. That means you should write in order. This gives you much less freedom than blogging a non-fiction book, but forces you to write and focus on telling a compelling story within each chapter so readers will want to read the next installment of your story.
The biggest problem with blogging a book is getting people to find your blog in the first place. To get around this problem and find potential authors, HarperCollins has created a site called Authonomy. The goal of this site is to create an online community of writers who can share information with each other and post snippets of their work for others to comment on. This immediately gives you a community that can give you feedback and also allows HarperCollins to find potential manuscripts and authors before any other publisher can snap them up. Thus it’s a win-win for both authors and HarperCollins.
It’s free to join Authonomy so you might as well join, even if you have nothing to share with others just yet. Until you do, just participate by helping others and learning how the whole Authonomy site works. Then when you’re ready, post your own manuscript on the site and be ready to get good (and bad) feedback from others. Whatever you post on the Authonomy site remains under your copyright so don’t worry about losing any rights by sharing your work with others.
Every month, HarperCollins reviews five manuscripts for potential publication, so this could be the fastest and simplest way to get spotted by a major publisher like HarperCollins. While HarperCollins might not be the best or most open publisher for horror, they do publish science fiction and fantasy. In any case, if your writing looks promising, you may attract the attention of other publishers who also belong to this site.
Given the difficulties in getting your manuscript published, using a site like Authonomy is worth a try. At the very least, you’ll likely meet new writers and perhaps make new friends. To read some of the criticism about Authonomy, click here.