Friday, 19 December 2008

The Authonomy Experiment: Conclusions



I've been (properly, as opposed to nominally) signed up to Authonomy for a couple of weeks now, which I think has been long enough to get the rough idea of how it works and whether I like it.

There are certainly things I do like - lots of things to read, freely available online, is the main thing I enjoy. But you don't have to be a member for that, anyone can read the stories posted.

What does Authonomy offer to a writer? The big carrot that Harper Collins are waving around is the possibility to get your work onto an editor's desk... but right now, that's not actually what I want for my novel. I'm enjoying publishing serially on my website, and I don't really want to push the book towards the publishing industry until the series is actually finished (or at least fully plotted) in case I decide I want to change something in Volume 1...

Plus, it's obvious that you have to work very hard to get one of those top spots - not just producing good writing, but marketing it to the toughest audience (other, competing writers). This means the sense of community on Authonomy is very slight - most of the communications I've been involved in have been task-focused, most people talk to you because they want you to read what they've written.

I'm going to compare this with my (almost equally brief) experiences with blogging so far. I love blogging, and the main reason I love blogging is all the other lovely, insightful and clever people who are out there writing blogs at the same time. People who talk to you because they're naturally friendly. People both interesting and interested. Yep, loving the blogosphere (first time I've used that word...). I have a limited amount of spare time, and I'd much prefer to spend it engaging with people 'here' than trying to keep up with the Authonomy-sphere...

Conclusion: for now, I'm going to take the book down from Authonomy, because as a writer I don't actually want what Authonomy is offering at the moment. As a reader, I will keep reading, but I probably won't be signing in except if I have helpful comments to make on a piece. As a blogger - yay, go blogging! :)

5 comments:

Pam said...

Rachel thank you for the link! How often do you post a chapter to your book?

Rachel Cotterill said...

A new chapter every Friday (midnight UK time). Never say I'm not ambitious! ;) It's quite a bit to keep up with...

Jeanne said...

Just came by via "I Used to be Witty" and am enthralled by your site!

I'm also working on a novel, and have found writing communities much as you describe -- task oriented and self-involved.

The blogosphere, though -- it's what I've always imagined living in a harem would be like (in a cyberspace/guys live there, too sort of way). Very nurturing and supportive.

Adding you to my blogroll so I know when you post....

Johanna said...

Glad you are enjoying the blogosphere - I find it a friendly place - and a place to find connections in ways I never would have imagined when I started my blog

Rachel Cotterill said...

Any excuse to make new friends is good! Even if they live on the other side of the world :)

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