This blog will touch on the experiences I have as a writer (not to be mistaken for my experience as a writer, i.e. how many books I've written, etc); the pleasure and the pain, the joy and the grief, the satisfaction and the frustration, the magic and the reality - have I left anything out, oh yeah, the rejection, rejection and more rejection, the humiliation and the embarrassment, the jealousy and the resentment - that pretty much covers it, except for why I do it which perhaps I'll realize along the way. Are you totally confused? Good, let's begin.
The creators of https://www.authors.me say they have designed a site "for the writer who wants to get read and get published."
Hey, that's me. Just a second, isn't that every writer?
What they say they've done "is hone the submission process" with a questionnaire that is not unlike preparing your manuscript to be self published.
Anyhow, you answer the questions and the people at Authors.me plug it into a template and make it available to agents and publishers who have also registered on the site.
The benefits for the writer are you don't have to research and prepare multiple submissions, a process that makes writing a novel seem easy.
The benefit for the agent or publisher is they have a standardized and thorough submission, which they can review within minutes and accept, reject or refer as easy as forwarding an email.
So, what's the catch?
Well, until July 15, 2016, there isn't one because until then you can submit your completed manuscript, the first thirty pages or even a non-fiction book proposal free.
After that, well, the creators of Authors.me aren't saying.
Once a price is attached to your submission the question will be how many agents and publishers have signed on, are they using the site and will it make any difference?
Sure the submission process is a pain but if you've persevered and done the research, meticulously followed instructions as to what to submit and what not to submit, incurred the expense, and still haven't got a publisher or agent then is a new, streamlined submission process going to change that?
Put another way, an improved submission process won't improve your writing.
So until July 15th why not submit your completed or even partially completed manuscripts since there's no downside (I've upload three of my books).
After July 15th you might want to reconsider and if you've already gone the traditional submission route to no avail perhaps the money Authors.me will no doubt be charging might be better spent on a writing course, a how to book or membership to writers' club.
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