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Writing and Publishing Community

Published 10/19/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Authonomy helps ambitious writers push their work into the limelight, or at least that’s the idea. The application invites users to join and post their manuscripts for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and anything else they want to write. The user community can access manuscripts and provide feedback that helps the user. Each user can choose to back or shelve a manuscript. A shelving is a negative while backing the manuscript means the user supports it. The user’s work moves up through the ranks until it gets to a top spot where it is seen by a Harper Collins editor. The user’s work will receive a professional edit so the user can see where they need to improve or make changes. If Harper Collins is interested, the user may also be offered a book deal.

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What is the history and popularity of the app? was created by Harper Collins publishing in 2008. It began primarily in the United Kingdom but currently covers countries throughout the world. The site is intended to give users a way to get their work critiqued and possibly published. However some users have discovered that the service is somewhat neglected on the part of the company running it. Users who make it to a top spot and receive an editor’s critique have noted that the response they receive is often incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate. There are grammar and spelling errors as well as errors (on the part of the editor) that could have been avoided had the editor actually read the whole manuscript and pitch. Users can connect with other authors (which could lead to a fruitful relationship) however those interested purely in getting published will most likely be disappointed.

What are the differences to other apps?

Authonomy offers a unique collection of tools to the online writing community. Many other website provide forums and ways for users to share their work and receive honest feedback, just like Authomony does. However the application differs in its professional offerings. Even though they may be lacking, they are still something unique. Users who receive positive feedback from the Authonomy community have a chance to have their manuscript reviewed by a professional Harper Collins editor.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Authonomy has a very neat, user friendly appearance that gives it a rich personality without eclipsing the site’s professional appeal. The stylish log has a warm feel while the site favors brown and gold hues. Book pages are presented logically, with a synopsis at the center and details along the left hand side under a small cover thumbnail image. Even a new user can easily get the hang of Authonomy as they browse books and participate in community discussions.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the Authonomy community by clicking the black “Me” link in the upper, left hand corner of the homepage (under the site’s logo). Doing so takes the user to a page that contains the log in and registration forms. The registration form is found at the bottom and requires an email address, password and screen name. The user must also add a security question and answer and check one of two boxes to confirm their agreement with the site’s terms and conditions. The second check box gives Harper Collins permission to send the user email updates.

What does it cost to use the application?

Authonomy is appealing partially because it is free for all members. Anyone can sign up and upload one or more manuscripts at no cost. There are no subscription fees or limitations when receiving feedback. This is a great way to encourage more users to join and participate in the Authonomy community (which is at the heart o the site’s purpose – to provide writers with good feedback). The user does not have to make any purchases to maintain an account and can participate in the site’s forums and other currently available areas.

Who would you recommend the application to? is a helpful website for writers. Users can share their work and receive valuable feedback from others who are just as passionate about the written word. Although the site offers the chance to have a professional editor review the user’s work, this is not something easily won. Users do best to instead focus on the value offered by their peers who are also using Authonomy to improve their manuscripts.

  • All features and unlimited access is available for free
  • Users can upload as many manuscripts as they want
  • Forum access is included so users can share feedback and tips
  • Ratings can be assigned by backing or shelving a manuscript
  • Users can obtain honest reviews from other writers
  • Highly rated manuscripts have a chance at being reviewed by professional editors

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