I was going to post my regular top ten post this week, but I realized I've actually posted on the same prompt multiple times. So, what to do? Another review, or...and then I remembered. There is something I just had to post about because it really inspired me.
About a week ago, I was approached by the lovely folks over at Macmillan to explore their new site, Swoon Reads, which was touted as the perfect place for aspiring writers to pitch their finished manuscripts, as well as for readers to fall in love with and decide what the next big thing in literature really is. Being book bloggers, I'm sure you're all squeeing about as much as I did when I discovered just what Swoon Reads has to offer.
So, what's all the fuss about, you ask? Well, I think it's pretty obvious to the bookish world that books, literature and reading is constantly shifting towards bigger and brighter things. As social media takes a hold on our generation, it seems as though the possibilities are fairly limitless for the world of published, so enter Swoon Reads. What is it? It's simple...
"Swoon Reads is dedicated to publishing books that capture the intensity of teen love. More than an imprint, Swoon Reads is a community – one whose members are included in every step of the publishing process. We open the doors for writers and readers to discover the best, most Swoon-worthy teen romance novels and make their voices heard. Together, we publish love stories you will want to read over and over again." (quote via)
This means that we, the readers, have the opportunity to read unpublished talent, vote on what we believe is the most swoon-worthy and, essentially, decide the next big thing to be published! Even better, for authors out there, this is a golden opportunity. Those authors who score the most votes in both the community and the publishing board will land a coveted contract with Macmillan, a hefty advance and the chance to be published in both print and e-book formats. I can tell you this: when I finally grow a backbone, I'll be submitting my labour of love, RACE, to Swoon Reads, and I sure hope it hits the jackpot!
Have any of you visited Swoon yet, and if you have, what are your thoughts on this fantastic new site (and imprint)? Writers...do you think you'll try your hand at submitting via Swoon Reads? Why or why not?
If you haven't visited Swoon Reads yet, what are you waiting for?! Check it out today!