If you haven't yet seen the "Authonomy" site, try it! It's run on behalf of a major publisher looking for good material, and it's easy to upload your work - and to read other people's and to comment on it if you wish. I've just uploaded the so-far-completed 40,000 words of my WIP, a political satire with the working title "Overlooked", on which I'm hoping for comments. I'm an old, computer-illiterate technophobe... but uploading the whole thing took me about ten minutes.

The site is STRONGLY recommended. (Whether my novel-in-progress is to be recommended is a judgment I'll leave to others!)


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Comment by Eric Christopherson on May 14, 2009 at 9:20am
I visit Authonomy for the discussions about fiction writing and to learn about publishing, but the contest aspect of the site is a joke IMO. The contest conflates writing talent with marketing talent and effort as well as social networking skills. As a result Harper Collins hasn't decided to publish any of the top five who win reviews. Over the last year they have plucked three from much lower in the ranks (to save face, I think).

If you want a fairer contest (in that writing skill is the predominant determinant) and IMO better feedback on your work try YouWriteOn, which is also a British-based site.
Comment by Mark P. Henderson on May 14, 2009 at 9:17am
My friend Carolyn said "Welcome to the 21st century" when I finally mastered Facebook. I told her I don't like being in the 21st century. I want to go home. However, since I'm here...
Comment by B.R.Stateham on May 14, 2009 at 8:58am
Welcome to the Age of Electricity, my friend!!
Comment by Mark P. Henderson on May 14, 2009 at 8:49am
Okay, B.R. - I finally cracked it (I think). A computer-illiterate technophobic fossil like me has difficulties with all this modern-day communication stuff...
Comment by B.R.Stateham on May 14, 2009 at 7:58am
I agree wholeheartedly, Mark. And by the way, buddy . . . you have to click a button to get me listed as a friend.

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