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HarperCollins to close online writers’ community Authonomy

HarperCollins has announced it will close its online writers’ community Authonomy at the end of September. The site, which launched in 2008, invites users to submit and rank manuscripts online, with the best-ranked manuscripts considered for publication. Over seven years, 47 titles from Authonomy were published by HarperCollins. The publisher said in a statement: ‘Unfortunately in recent years publishing of titles from the site has slowed as we have opened other submissions channels, and the community has become smaller, so the decision to close Authonomy has been made.’ HarperCollins UK CEO Charlie Redmayne said Authonomy was created when ‘there were few opportunities for unagented and aspiring authors to find a publisher … Now in 2015, and thanks to the pioneering work of the Authonomy community and team, our commitment to the discovery of new writing talent runs through our entire business’.


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