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I recently posted the first 21 chapters of my second book on So far, I have had a good experience on the site. People seem kind and encouraging for the most part and a few of them have given really constructive criticism, which is what I was hoping for. 

For those who aren't familiar with the site, authonomy is part of Harper Collins publishing, and the idea is authors post their books or their partially finished manuscripts there and other authors read, critique, and follow or bookshelf your work. Each month, the most popular books are placed on the editors desk for review by the good people at HarperCollins.

It seems like an author who was really committed to reaching that editor's desk could do so if they spent a great deal of time reading other people's books and tirelessly promoting their own. I have heard one of the top-rated people spends three hours a day working on the site, reading, commenting, etc...

I don't think my book is really one they are looking for but even if it was, I don't have three hours a day to promote it. If I do find that kind of time, I think it might be better to spend it working on my other books or websites, etc...however, if you have the kind of book HC publishes, then this may be a good way to get it read.


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Comment by 4-LAN on January 14, 2014 at 4:18pm


Since that sounds like it might be a lengthy process, it might be some time before I am able to get Blood and Fire up and running on Authonomy. In the mean time, if you would like to read it, you just click on my avatar and it will take you to my page here on TBMN. Once on my page just scroll down until you see Blood and Fire.docx. Double click on that and it will open the word doc.



Comment by Danny R. Collins on January 14, 2014 at 4:02pm

Hi 4-Lan,

Their site only accepts one chapter at a time, so you have to keep individual files saved in one of the formats they accept. I used rtf. It's a bit time consuming but...I have been unable to find your book on TBMN...let me know when you have it on authonomy. 

Comment by 4-LAN on January 14, 2014 at 9:28am

Hi Danny,

Glad you are finding TBMN to be a positive experience.

I did join Authonomy after reading Swords of Gehenna. I like the idea of getting feedback from other writers. That was actually the reason I joined this site.

Admittedly, I give the major part of my attention to TBMN and have not spent much time on Authonomy yet. I did like that when you are creating your profile that they ask you to list your favorite books. However, I could not figure out how to get Blood and Fire: The Vampire/Dragon Wars loaded onto their format. My book is just in plain word doc format right now.

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