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Authonomy

This might be off topic, so feel free to delete this post if it is.

I write gay stories myself. (you can read them on my website)

I came across this website, Authonomy. In the "about" it presents itself like this:

"Authonomy is a brand new community site for writers, readers and publishers, conceived and developed by book editors at Harper Collins. We want to flush out the brightest, freshest new literature around - we’re glad you stopped by.

If you’re a writer, Authonomy is the place to show your face – and show off your work on the web."

I've written a post on my journal about my experiences there the first few days after I took an account. I was wondering what the thoughts of other gay writers and readers here were.

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smarmosaurus
May. 3rd, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
I checked out your post and that pretty much highlights my experiences there. It's kind of frustrating because I want people to read my book because they WANT to, not because they want me to become indebted to their schemes of self-promotion.

At first I tried to play along, but it didn't work very well. C&C isn't regarded very highly on that site, and I never got any return reads. I started telling people that if they wanted to do an exchange, they would have to go first. The person in question would then respond telling me how precious their time was, and that they really couldn't afford to go first because so many people were reading THEIR book first (hint, hint). Eventually, I got jaded and simply stopped reading on that site entirely except for the work my friends wrote and what I really, genuinely liked.

It's sad. The site has some really good features, but most of the people kind of suck.
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