The Writerly Habit

This blog is about my struggles to get into the habit of writing regularly.

Readers Slog Their Way Through Slush on

I was reading an article today from the Wall Street Journal about the death of the slush pile. At first, the thought that I could have as low of a .008% chance of being plucked from the slush pile depressed me. But then I read on about a website by HarperCollins called Authonomy. This website allows you to upload a minimum of 10,000 words from your manuscript. Visitors to the site can read, recommend and comment on your work. Those with the highest scores each month will be read by HarperCollins editors.

I have to hand it to them. They've found a way to digitize the slush pile and also use free labor to cut through it. After all, if you can't get people to read it for free, what makes you think someone would pay $14.95 for a printed book? I hope more publishers use this method. I think it's brilliant and can't wait to start reading.

Sadly, I am nowhere near 10,000 words so I won't be uploading my work. I've been planning a memoir but in the meantime I have been busy writing short stories and poetry. Lately I have had a tremendous outpouring of creative energy. Let's hope it lasts. I also have three manuscripts out for review at the moment. Wish me luck.


Nick Ballard said...
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Nick Ballard said...

It's amazing to see what you can do with crowd-sourcing. On the one hand, the publishing companies can get free labor from internet users; on the other hand, authors can get useful feedback that they may not get directly from the publishers.

Martha Berge said...

good luck!!