Question

9 Sep

Any of you have experience with this manuscript submission site, Swoon? http://www.swoonreads.com/about

According to the about page, you can submit a teen romance manuscript to the site where they then post it for reading and rating by their online community. The manuscript with the highest rating gets a full publishing package, $15,000 advance, and all the other goodies that come with a traditionally published book.

Sounds too good to be true, but the company is legit. Macmillan is no joke.

The sketchy part is that it doesn’t say how long they wait to see which novel is highest rated. Does the process run in cycles? If not, the novel that has been on the site the longest has the best chances of getting a high rating in comparison to someone who submits much later. I also worry that once a full manuscript is posted online like this, it is completely useless to any other publisher if this route doesn’t work out. What publisher is going to pay for what others have already read in its entirety for free online? Am I mistaken or overly worried on this issue? It seems like a very high risk that’s only worth it if you win.

Check out the website. Tell me what you think. If you’ve used the site, either as a reader or a writer, I’d like to know more about the process and if it was worth it.

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4 Responses to “Question”

  1. Donna Roberts September 9, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Usually, if it’s too good to be true, it is. I’d be weary.

    • marsicowritesite September 9, 2013 at 11:35 am #

      I think it’s probably legitimate… but in its infancy, using it before it’s well proven is unwise. If they can back up the process with some more detailed information on what they do with the manuscripts that don’t win the contract, I’ll be more convinced.

  2. michaelalexanderchaney September 9, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    I share your suspicions–as well as your hope for this site and others like it. I’m not familiar with this one, but have experienced others like it that do run in cycles. It sounds like this one is just starting off. Perhaps the description will be clearer once they have more participation?

    • marsicowritesite September 9, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      I noticed that the site said they are in their beta stage. I agree, their process will likely be a little more clear once they really get going. My main concern with this method is for those that don’t get the publishing package. What kind of rights to the “losing” manuscripts does Swoon retain? Do they own it once it’s on their site–forever, or just while its there, or not at all–and when you take it down to try another avenue is it ever truly gone? Writing a novel is way too taxing a journey to just give the finished product away on a gamble like that (assuming you’re not the one who gets the publishing deal).

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