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September 03, 2008

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Vicky Rosenborg

This sounds just like the iPublish model that was launched by Time Warner Books, back in 2001.

Mark Bertils

Hi Joe,

Clay Sharky was asked to comment on authonomy at BookExpo 08.
http://bookexpocast.com/2008/07/23/upfront-and-unscripted-with-clay-shirky/
at 27:30

He compares it with all the battle-of-the-bands that have been tried and tried in the music industry for years. Clay says it is the right kind of experiment but cautions siding explicitly with the writer (what publishers normally do). Sharky points out that typically the first filter needs to be the harshest -- and the myspace model of recommending talent (a few stages out from the first filter) is likely better.

Starting writers need a network. Authonomy.com fills that need, but as a talent spotting device it will be a hard go.
Best of luck to them.

The rest of the clay sharky podcast is worth your time.
best,
mb


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