The publisher HarperCollins recently launched its ‘peer review’ site Authonomy to provide authors with a means of side-stepping the ‘slushpile’ and maybe scoop that ever-elusive publishing deal.
Author Mark Cantrell decided to give this new authors’ tool a shot, and so he has uploaded the first 17,000 words of his latest novel “In Workers’ Paradise” on to the site to see just how the ‘peer review’ site works in practice.
“The Internet can be a great medium for authors to present their writing to a potentially global audience. Of course with millions of pages out there, and so many sites and writers vying for attention, it can sometimes seem like a crowded auditorium, packed to the rafters with people shouting their wares at the top of their lungs and not listening to anyone around them,” Mark said.
“So, anything that helps them to gain attention, however small, has got to be an important consideration for any author trying to raise their head above the parapet. If it gets you noticed, then that’s all well and good, if not, then you haven’t lost anything. The only real way for an author to lose is if they don’t try. So, Authonomy was well worth a shot.”
“In Workers’ Paradise” presents a fantasy memoir with an overtly political flavour that seeks to explore the nature of idealism and ambition, the author explained. “Whenever progressive movements arise to challenge the restrictions of their society, are they inevitably doomed to be corrupted by the ambitions of wilful and self-determined men – or do the ideals corrupt ambition to create the hearts and minds of men they require? What is left unsaid is often the most eloquent evasion of truth,” he added.
Now that the book has been finished, Mark is intending to tout it round to try and find a publisher. Authonomy plays a part in that lengthy, and difficult process of taking a book to its potential audience.
Meanwhile, his second and third novels – Citizen Zero (2001) and Silas Morlock (2006) are both awaiting the delivery of a new publisher called Writers of World. When that publisher finally goes live, it will present both books to the reading public. So, expect more news of these three books as events progress.
The sample of "In Workers' Paradise" can be read at Authonomy [HERE].