Advance Editions puts final draft in readers’ hands
We feel that this is a step change in publishing, a genuine advance in the way books are developed. We are preserving the central role of the author, but opening up the support they receive to a limitless network of experts and enthusiasts. This seems like an incredible opportunity to me as a writer, which is why I can’t wait to trial it with my own book Rogue Elements.
Advance Editions isn’t looking for money or votes from readers – instead, we’re inviting people to contribute their wisdom. We’re sure that contributors will enjoy the rewarding experience of making good books better before they hit the shelves.From an outsider’s perspective, an immediate worry about this approach is that the site could potentially operate in a manner similar to a Hollywood focus group, encouraging authors (consciously or not) to cut anything difficult or alienating in favour of a blander, more widely acceptable middle ground – trying to appeal to all of the people all of the time rather than trusting the judgement of one auxiliary pair of eyes (speaking of which, professional editors probably won’t be too chuffed either). If the pilot books turn out well, however, any such worries will likely be cast aside by authors looking for a final cost-effective polish.
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