AUTHORS is all about seeing great manuscripts become great books. I love to read. Books take me places I never dreamed of. Now I am part of a company that helps to discover good books, which in and of itself is a dream come true. So when we made the decision to open the AUTHORS Discovery database to all our writers free of charge, I could only think about the flood of content coming our way. I always think about that Twilight Zone episode where the guy has a stopwatch that can stop time. So what did he use it for? He stopped time, then went to the library and gathered up hundreds of books he never had the time to read. I’m that guy. Where is that stopwatch?
Back to business. AUTHORS Discovery is where our agents and publishers find new content. They search for what they want to print and find you the writer. It’s the inverse of the world today where writers chase after agents and publishers. We love it. Our partners love it. And now nothing will keep our writers from entering in and getting discovered. Also, with more manuscripts entering Discovery, we expect to see lots more books deals and great stories enter the marketplace.
In other news, we have welcomed McArthur Gill aboard as our new Platform Engineer. He will help us make your experience on AUTHORS more efficient and enjoyable. I’ve been a writer, artist and vagabond most of my life, but I always had an affinity for the engineer’s mind. They look at the world different than I do and it fascinates me to no end. I look forward to McArthur helping me bring heady ideas into the real world and have them actually function properly. If we artist ruled the world, everything would look cool, but nothing would work.