Arts Council funded YouWriteOn.com (YWO), a UK site with leading publishers involved to find and develop new literary talent, is offering to publish the first 5,000 writers who contact them for free. Utilising advances in technology, YWO has launched the offer to make the dreams of thousands of writers a reality and to help revolutionise the publishing market.
YWO was funded in 2006 by the Arts Council as the first literary site of its kind to discover new writing talent through feedback from writers and readers from the general public. It now works with publishers such as Random House and Legend Press, and each month the site’s highest rated writers receive free feedback from publishers, as well as YWO adding a number of other services.
Boasting over 10,000 members, the site’s recent successes include a six-figure Random House deal for writer Douglas Jackson with his novel Caligula, a two book Penguin deal for a novel called Bufflehead Sisters as a result of online paperback sales alone, and a three book deal for another writer with Costa Award winning publisher Quercus.
Edward Smith, the YouWriteOn Manager comments “Publishing is changing, YouWriteOn.com was the first literary site of its kind, and publishers like Random House and Legend Press quickly saw the potential of writers and readers themselves finding and developing new talent. YouWriteOn has seen writers achieve success through traditional and non-traditional means. We now intend to break the traditional mould of publishing itself. The first 5,000 people who email us at firstname.lastname@example.org will be able to have their paperback published for free by Christmas and we plan to discover more bestselling writers.”