No, it's not a typo. Authonomy, although HarperCollins spells it without the initial cap. What is it? It's a website where authors--published or un-pubbed--can showcase their work, and based on ratings by readers and other site members, can be selected for review by HarperCollins editors.
Sounds good. Right? Yippee. And please forgive my intrinsic suspicious nature, my half-empty attitude, my snickering skepticism... But doesn't it sound a bit too good? As in too good to be true?
Well. Maybe. But it's been up since Sept 2009 and it seems to be going strong. Besides, I'm a sucker for design, and the webpage is pretty cool. Kinda cluttered for some, maybe, but as you can see (look around *this* page), I like clutter. I took a quick traipse through the literary fiction titles, and some sound really enticing. The Poet, by Andrew Stevens. Dämon Ronion, by Brian Hatfield (I knew a Brian Hatfield, back in Cancun... But he sold timeshare. I don't think this is him). There are lots of titles that really caught my attention and which I'd like to read.
So content is not the problem with authonomy. What is, then? Well... I don't know. I find it strange that in this day and age of immediate gratification, of information readily available e v e r y w h e r e, this is the first time I hear of this site. But that may be my own shortcoming, my own fault for not following the blogs I should be, for not researching as thoroughly as I thought I had.
And my question to you today is: have YOU heard of authonomy? What's your gut feeling about a site like this? How come we're not ALL on there? Or are we (*ahem* as soon as I register)? Seriously thinking about posting the almost-ready version of Restoring Experience over there. Or should I do the normal query runabout dance first, take authonomy as a next-best option?
If you, my dear reader, are not a writer, do take a click-stroll over to the authonomy site and grace these authors with your fine reading skills. Lots of great books right there--no downloads, so you have to read online, but hey. It's free. Authors everywhere will kiss your foot for it. And you have the incredible opportunity to become a Top Talent Spotter if you spot talent before it's discovered by other people. Pretty cool, in my opinion.