Authors of unsolicited manuscripts will no longer see their work returned to them with a "Thanks-but-no-thanks" letter from Christian publishers like Zondervan. Instead, they will receive a letter or email encouraging them to post their manuscripts, free-of-charge, on authonomy.com/Christian.
"authonomy.com allows authors to quickly get valuable feedback from consumers on the relevance of their work and gain traction in the market without giving up any of their publishing rights," said Steve Sammons, Zondervan’s Executive Vice President of Consumer Engagement. "It takes only five quick steps to get a manuscript on the authonomy.com site, and you start getting feedback on your manuscript quickly without the usual weeks or months of waiting and hoping."
authonomy.com is a free online service connecting readers, writers and publishing professionals. Visitors can read manuscripts that authors post online. Authors promote their work by creating personal pages showcasing their books. Visitors to the site can and will comment on these submissions – and they personally recommend their favorites to the community. authonomy.com counts the number of recommendations each book receives, and uses it to rank the books on the site. It also spots which visitors consistently recommend the best books – and uses that info to rank the most influential trend spotters.
Not only will Zondervan promote the authonomy.com site to agents and other Christian publishers, their editors will track and review those books in the Christian section of authonomy.com that have the highest rankings and provide feedback to the authors.
"authonomy.com is a tremendous idea that creates a community linking writers with their readers," offers Steve Laube, president of The Steve Laube Agency. "Making it free is both revolutionary and very exciting. Where else can you get objective and instant feedback, and then use those comments and critiques to improve your work?"
authonomy.com was created as a better way to access the best new work out there based on real customer input. Thousands of manuscripts come through publishers’ door every year and authonomy.com is a great tool for improving an author’s work and increasing his or her chances to be discovered by avid readers, editors and agents.
authonomy.com completely levels the playing field for a profession that was seemingly dependent on "who you know". For the authors, the best part is that it is not just Zondervan looking for promising books; the site is open to other publishing houses and agents. Zondervan won’t ask for a 'first option' to publish or take away any of rights of ownership, and the author can continue to submit to publishers and agents by other methods.
To learn more visit the authonomy.com website at: www.authonomy.com/Christian.