Matches Made in (Publishing) Heaven
On September 15, AUTHORS released Matching, its most transformative update to its submissions platform since launching last year. The update shows writers who among the participating agents and publishers their work matches.
“One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our writers at AUTHORS.me is ‘Who else can I submit to?. Our writers are eager to reach as many potential publishers as possible. And why not?” said David O’Brien, co-founder of AUTHORS.me. David communicates directly with the writers using the AUTHORS platform on a regular basis and fields their concerns. “But the question could, and maybe should be, ‘who should I submit to?’” Matching is the answer to such concerns.
Since launching the service last year, the company has aimed to not just streamline the submissions process for writers, publishers, agents, but to help make it a more efficient and enjoyable experience. This updated is an extension of that goal.
“A lot of the time, when a writer–myself included–asks who else they can submit to, they’re really trying to figure out everyone they can possibly submit to,” said O’Brien. “It’s an understandable desire, given the effort they’ve put into their work. Unfortunately, that thought results in publishers and agents having to wade through submissions they’ve said they explicitly don’t want or are at best poorly targeted. This makes it even harder for those that are submitting to the relevant companies to get noticed.”
The matching system addresses this industry-side concern as well. Publishers and Agents outline exactly what kinds of projects they are willing to review from genre and minimum word count to target audience and author qualifications.
“We want our writers to connect with the right agent and publisher, not just anyone. There has been a lot of thought and tech put into our process,” said O’Brien. “We have streamlined a century old process down to 3 steps.”
Those steps are: Build. Match. Submit.
Writers build their profile and project using simple forms. These get stitched together into a media-rich submission.
On the other side, agents and publishers input their criteria of what they are looking for from a writer.
Once the projects’ minimum fields are completed, the matching technology gets to work.
The system grabs the writer’s data and cross-references it with the agents’ and publishers’ requirements. The results are matches that satisfy both sides of the submission equation.
The last step is the Submitting Process. Writers are given the option of following through on the matches and submitting their work. We encourage them to research the agents and publishers we present to them before we release the submission.
Since launching the update, submissions are up and we are hearing back from a lot of happy writers. The upgrade results:
- Gives writers many more choices to submit their manuscript
- Streamlines the process
- Assures the writer and agent/publisher a higher probability of success
- Keeps the cost to the writer at zero
The second most frequently asked question we hear from our writers is, “Why didn’t someone think of this earlier?” We are happy there is no answer for that.