oct 2

Crowd-Sourcing Book Publishing

Penguin is creating a contest with Amazon.com called the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in which people submit their novel manuscripts for review and the community (that's us) votes on which should get published. [via]


I read about that. I think it's surprising that they started accepting entries yesterday and cap it at 5000, meaning the contest will be comprised of manuscripts that have already been completed and the author's just sitting there waiting to see what to do with them (since it would be poor form to submit a ms. already submitted to agents and/or publishers). That combined with a 25K advance (nice, but not extraordinary) makes me think they're more interested in the publicity of the contest rather than actually finding and promoting a breakthrough novel.

posted by Kurtis at 11:09 AM on October 2, 2007

who could be bothered reading all of them?
seems like a great way to create a biased competition.

posted by Brigitta at 10:50 PM on October 2, 2007

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