As we wait for the next edition of the "voice" series, I wanted to share with you this little gem.
Earlier this week, while I was on the phone with someone from New York, Book Country was brought to my attention. Now, don't worry. This isn't really an advertisement. No one is paying me. But if they'd like to, I'd most definitely accept the offer.
Book Country is this neat little spin-off of Penguin Group, USA.
From their site: Book Country is a place where readers and writers of genre fiction come together to read original fiction, post work or comments, and make a name for themselves. Our free community is a creative and supportive space where fiction writers and readers can give and receive constructive criticism, discover new and entertaining books, discuss and share tips and experiences, and learn about the publishing industry. Book Country aims to be useful, egalitarian, and merit-based while fostering an atmosphere of encouragement and creativity.
In short, this group, while a seperate entity from Penguin Group, aims to gain authors and material for agents and publishers to view as they search for new talent.
Here are the pros and cons I have found:
Overall, Book Country has been a very enjoyable experience. If it is fruitful, I'm sure all of you will know before too long.
So that's that. I just wanted to share this information with you guys, especially any writers out there. I'd advise you not to place entire manuscripts on the site, but throwing a few samples online (as you would to send samples to a publisher) may be beneficial.
That, and I like how the name feels like an homage to the late Hunter S. Thompson.
Thanks for reading. See you in the next blog. Oh yeah, and click here.
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