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Friday, April 29, 2011

Aspiring Authors Get Help Online

According to a New York Times article, on Tuesday, Penguin Group (publisher of such notables as Tom Clancy and Nora Robers) will unveil Book Country, a website for writers of genre fiction.

"In its initial phase Book Country will allow writers to post their own work -- whether it's an opening chapter or a full manuscript -- and receive critiques from other users, who can comment on points like character development, pacing and dialogue."

Sounds pretty cool so far, however, here's the kicker: Later this summer the site will generate revenue by allowing users to self-publish their books for a fee. The books will bear the stamp of Book Country, not Penguin.

The project is spearheaded by Molly Barton, the director of business development for Penguin and the president of Book Country.

So, what we have here is a very clever way for Penguin to raise income by enabling authors to self-publish stuff Penguin is not interested in publishing. Got to admire that bit of business ingenuity.

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