I usually don’t like to relay sad news, but the site where my writing career began blossoming is closing its doors September 30, 2015.
Authonomy was a community of aspiring writers with a common goal: to get their books published. HarperCollins “discovered” quite a few new talents on Authonomy, while others had their work spotted by everyone from literary agents to independent publishing companies.
I had the honor of making many good friends among fellow authors during my time on Authonomy. I doubt I’d ever had the patience to get published had it not been for so many good people on that site. The Cruiserweight was my first novel in print way back in 2010, and began as what one could call a “rough around the edges” first draft. Thanks to the Authonomy community, The Cruiserweight took shape well enough to be spotted by the now-defunct Night Publishing.
Here is an excerpt from Authonomy’s latest blog post concerning its closing:
A Message from Authonomy
It is with great sadness that we must announce the closure of Authonomy.
We created Authonomy in 2008 as a way of discovering new talent by throwing open our doors to unagented, aspiring writers, and asking likeminded writers and readers to help us discover and champion great work. Through Authonomy, we found fantastic authors, such as Miranda Dickinson, Steven Dunne and Kat French, and published incredible titles, such as The Qualities of Wood and Someone to Love Us.
Unfortunately in recent years publishing of titles from the site has slowed as we have opened other submissions channels, and the community has become smaller, so the decision to close Authonomy has been made.
HarperCollins remains committed to discovering new writers, and this is reflected in our dynamic, genre-focused, digital-first lists such as HarperImpulse, and our open submissions windows for innovative commercial imprints such as Voyager and The Borough Press. We would encourage the very talented members of the vibrant Authonomy community to continue to show us their work through these channels.
Read the entire post at this link.