I mentioned in my last blog post that the slush pile, that common bane amongst authors near and far, has been gradually moving online. HarperCollins is the latest big time publisher to cash in on the “social editing” trend with Authonomy.com:
The publishing world is changing. One thing’s for sure: whether you’re a reader, writer, agent or publisher, this is an exciting time for books. In our corner of HarperCollins we’ve been given a chance to do something a little different.
The premise is simple: HarperCollins sells ad space, users edit, and a few highly-ranked authors get contracts. Not so different from other social editing sites, but certainly in step with current online business models. In any case, it’s one more place for authors to drop their trousers and waggle their goods in front of the masses. Waggling is good. 🙂