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I'm not interested in pitching a novel, just here to read, so you are assured of honest feedback.

Since Authonomy is Harper Collins' slush pile for submissions, my main consideration is whether or not a manuscript meets the requirements of a traditional publisher like HC.

I don't comment on self-published books because by then it's far too late to make any changes.

Unfortunately Authonomy is not set up for giving proper crits on writing technique, but there are plenty of online writers forums out there and I recommend you join one if you're after that sort of feedback.

I don't mind spam, but if you don't bother to read my profile, and repeatedly spam me with requests to swap books, then I will award yours one star for being a numpty.


Thanks for all the friend requests, but I must decline as it would clog up my news feed.

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Too many to count, but off the top of my head:
Jane Urquhart's The Stone Carvers
Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now
Neil Gaiman's Stardust
Arnaldur Indridason's Silence of the Grave
Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy
Peter Hoeg's Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow
David Guterson's Snow Falling On Cedars
Stef Penney's The Tenderness of Wolves
Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing Script Books
Giles Milton's Nathaniel's Nutmeg; Samurai William
Anything by Deric Longden
Anything by Fannie Flagg
Anything by Susanna Clarke
JK Rowling's Harry Potter series
Derek Landy's Skulduggary Pleasant series
Nick Hornby's About A Boy; Slam
Sol Stein's Solutions for Novelists
Peter Ackroyd's Thames
Dava Sobel's Longitude
Philip Mould's Sleepers: The Trail of Lot 163.
Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series
Geraldine McCaughrean's Scarlet
Paul Magrs' 'Brenda' series
Most of Terry Pratchett's Disc World series
Alan Campbell's Deepgate Codex trilogy
Arthur C. Clarke, Anne Mccaffrey, John Wyndham...

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Emma.L.H. wrote 2 days ago

Okay, thank you x

Emma.L.H. wrote 4 days ago

Naomi, thank you very much for your help. I can see exactly what you ....

Emma.L.H. wrote 8 days ago

Hello, Naomi. I've just uploaded a shitty attempt at a synopsis (c....

Tillerman wrote 9 days ago

Fantastic Naomi, thank you. My email is: bitersrock@gmail.com

Tillerman wrote 10 days ago

Hi, Naomi, how are you? I have been speaking to Richard and he sugge....

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I wrote 60 days ago

The manuscript is listed as complete at a whopping 200K words. I'm surprised Authonomy Editors didn't comment on that. I'm also surprised they didn't notice that the writer has abandoned their novel on the site - registered in 2010 and last visited 173 days ago. view book

I wrote 109 days ago

At only 53K words this is a novella, not a novel. Unfortunately traditional publishers like Harper Collins do not publish novellas by debut authors . But if you're intending to self publish or submit to the new breed of ebook publishers then word count doesn't matter. view book

I wrote 136 days ago

Very good. Backed it. My only bug bear are the 'Side notes' from The Observer. This is 'authorial intrusion' and tends to be frowned upon by most Childrens Fiction agents these days - Terry Pratchett is one of the few authors who can get away with it. Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton did too, in their d... view book

I wrote 163 days ago

You're on the wrong forum - Authonomy is for older Childrens and Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction. You want to be on Authonomy's sister site Figment.com (which used to be inkpop). view book

I wrote 180 days ago

Reading the opening, I'm a little confused because you are writing from both characters points of view (where you use both He and She) so I'm not sure which one is speaking when, and who's doing what to whom. Pick one main character and write from their perspective; be in their shoes, looking out ... view book

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