Interesting that such a large pub house would do this. I don't know if the idea will catch on but if you have a finished book and want to catch the eye of someone who is looking, if you don't have an agent already, I would say go for it. It would be interesting to see how many people actually get contracts from this or if it is just a gimmick.
Wow. My gut would be that this isn't going to fly, but the fact that HarperCollins is behind it certainly flies in the face of that assertion. As with any posting of material on the web, I have questions regarding the legality of submitting for first publication elsewhere, and I didn't read enough to see what their policy is regarding the exclusivity of the material (as in, is it kosher to query agents with the project you have posted there, and if so, what happens when you wind up agented and said agent wants to submit that work to other houses?) Of course, I don't have answers for all of this, and I'd love to hear what someone who knows what they're talking about re: the legal end of writing has to say. But yeah, fascinating.
I read about this a while ago, and the general gist of the article was, "Wow, it works!" So yay for them. On the other hand, all of my instincts tell me to back away. Self preservation is foremost, and this just seems like something that would implode and kill us all.Oh, yeah. Hi. I read your blog. :)
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