Authonomy turns on the smarts

Eoin Purcell

Moxyland, by Lauren Beukes

Moxyland, by Lauren Beukes


I’ve dissed Authonomy a little in the past, but this really is a clever idea:

We’re giving you the chance to have your short story published in Lauren (Beukes)‘s next book, Zoo City. In order to enter, all you need to do is write a short story (up to 3000 words) based in the Moxyland universe, using characters, themes and settings from the book to create your own work.

They have more on their blog. Lauren is the author of the Angry Robot published novel, Moxyland. But the smarts start on Authonomy otslef, firstly it has an extensive book page for Moxyland and a faily decent author page for Lauren (though this could easily have had a video and some more features, given the competition). And then they use the power of HarperCollins’ Browse Inside toolkit to display the entire text. That is brave.

I’d be hard pressed to find an issue with this project (other than the minor one I’ve already mentioned). It’s not just that Harper are embracing Fan Fiction and encouraging it even, but they have added real value to Authonomy by doing this. They have used clever cross platform tools to bring a really worthwhile competition to the Authionomy community and have, I think, created one of the most compelling and engaging promotions so far this year. All told, praise if deserved.

I’m enjoying my last day of being 29, successfully made a very big Beef Bourguignon!
Eoin

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5 comments

  1. Happy Birthday for tomorrow (or possibly today) Eoin! I had no idea you were so young! And glad to see authonomy picking itself up – I wasn’t impressed when I was on it, but that’s good if it’s moving in new and interesting directions.

  2. Have a great birthday, Eoin.

    Good to see authonomy doing something different… though I’m not sure it’ll cover up the cracks in their system.

  3. Hi Eoin,

    Thanks for your comments, it’s a hugely exciting project, especially for me, to throw open the universe and let other writers play. I can’t wait to see what other people do with it. Wild riffs on the theme encouraged.

    And you’re so absolutely right about the extra features. I’m going to ask the Authonomy kids if they can figure out how to embed a video, but in the meantime, if anyone would like to see the Moxyland trailer it’s up here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=728wb–pD-4

    – Lauren

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