Display or Misplay?

Manuscript display sites sound easy and almost too good to be true. Print or scroll through the charts below for information on 41 display sites.

  Amazing Author Showcase Amber Literary+ As Written Author.co.uk Authorlink++
Fees free $50/4 mos. $50/story, first year; $20/story thereafter $20/story, annually $36/3 mo.
$57/6 mos.
$105/year
$20 setup
# of Mss. on Site 60-70 59 less than 10 less than 10 700-800
Amount of Text Posted sample entire mss. up to 5,000 words first chapter up to 750 words
Market Beyond Internet? no possibly no no yes (trade ads, conferences, book fairs, direct contact with agents and editors)
Successes? no info no info no info no claims 61 book sales; many agent contracts
Screen Submissions? yes yes no no yes
Screen Requests for Mss? no info no info no info no info yes; also screen agents in agent listing
Listing/Searching Methods author list author/title list category list title list; no search engine detailed category list; limited search function
Notes + literary agency; markets to publishers only
++ also includes special category for “emerging” writers (work that needs polishing)

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  AuthorsChoice Authors Corner Authors Forum+ Author Showcase++ Authorworks++
Fees from $35.85/3 mos. to $95.40/12 mos. $7/mo. per 2,000 words $175 $299-$399/year free
# of Mss. on Site 54 34 26 about 50 30-40
Amount of Text Posted Entire ms., but only 1st chap. is available to non-registered users first chapter first chapter sample chapter synopsis only
Market Beyond Internet? yes (trade ads, direct contact with agents and editors) no no info no no info
Successes? new service&#151none yet claims 22% of listings have received representation, but won’t provide specifics no info claim several agent/publisher contracts, but won’t provide specifics no info
Screen Submissions? yes yes yes yes no
Screen Requests for Mss? yes&#151publishers are invited to site no info no info no info no info
Listing/Searching Methods author/title list; password-protected access general category and title lists title list category list category list
Notes +also publishes e-books for the work it displays
++also displays self-published books

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  Aylad’s Showcase Blosm.com Congo3 Review+ Fiction Kiosk Goodstory.com
Fees free $15/ 3 mos. $39/year free not yet set; still in beta testing
# of Mss. on Site less than 15, plus archives 700+ less than 15 less than 10 1,000+ so far
Amount of Text Posted first chapter writer discretion no info first chapter or two short excerpt
Market Beyond Internet? no yes (face-to-face with editors, press coverage, direct mareting, trade ads) no info no yes (trade ads, press coverage, conferences, book fairs, strong direct marketing to agents/editors)
Successes? no info about to finish beta testing no info no info still in beta testing
Screen Submissions? yes no no info no no
Screen Requests for Mss? no info no no info no info no, but writers can share info about agents and others
Listing/Searching Methods title list author, title, rating, type/genre search lists no info title list category-driven search engine
Notes +Displays outlines only

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  Harris Literary+ Manuscript Depot New Writers Market+++ New York Creative Management+ Open Press++++
Fees $65 w/ agency representation $18/mo. free/6 mos., $12/mo. thereafter; $50 processing fee for snail mail submiss. free w/ agency representation $25 setup; $10-$15/mo.
# of Mss. on Site 35 40 none yet; still in beta testing 33 less than 10
Amount of Text Posted synopsis only up to 3,000 words first chapter synopsis only entire ms.
Market Beyond Internet? no info no no no info no
Successes? claim sales to small and foreign presses normally doesn’t track, but claims one sale++ no info no info no info
Screen Submissions? yes no yes yes yes
Screen Requests for Mss? yes&#151publishers invited to site yes&#151ms. requests go through site owner no info yes&#151publishers invited to site no info
Listing/Searching Methods broad category/author lists broad category list no info broad category list broad category/title lists
Notes +literary agency; markets to publishers only
++the one sale is to a no-advance POD house that offers a non-standard, non-negotiable contract and is affiliated with a subsidy publisher
+++recommends questionable book doctor
++++also publishes e-books fo the work it displays

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  Romance Club Writers Showcase RoseDog St. Rose Press+ Scriptnet Shiba Hill
Fees $20/mo. or $50/yr.; $50 setup free free free w/ agency representation $25 setup; $10-$15/mo.
# of Mss. on Site none yet several hundred displays “featured guest” twice a year more than 100 14
Amount of Text Posted first three chapters author’s discretion; can be entire ms. first chapter synopsis only first chapter
Market Beyond Internet? no info yes (trade ads, press releases, conferences, book fairs) yes (contacts publishers directly) no info no info
Successes? no info claims 68 mss. have received publication or representation (when listed, publishers are no-advance e-publishers) yes no info no info
Screen Submissions? no info yes yes no info no info
Screen Requests for Mss? no info screen agents and publishers who register with the site yes no info no info
Listing/Searching Methods no info detailed search function plus special software n/a search engine is password protected author/title lists
Notes +Markets to publishers only

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  Storyteller UK White Knight Publishing+ * Wolf Creek Lit. Showcase World Wide Web of Writers The Write Biz
Fees free $5/megabyte $29/mo.; $125 setup free $20/mo. basic, plus extras
# of Mss. on Site less than 10 15 none (appears inactive) less than 10 12
Amount of Text Posted excerpt, but can be entire ms. entire ms. 500 words a few chapters up to six standard typed pages
Market Beyond Internet? no no no no no info
Successes? no info no info no info no info no info
Screen Submissions? no yes no info no no
Screen Requests for Mss? no info no info no info no info no info
Listing/Searching Methods broad category/title lists broad category/title lists category list broad category list broad category list
Notes +also publishes e-books for the work it displays; offers to act as author’s agent for an add’l fee

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  Writers Circle Writers Exchange Writers Insite+ Writers Line Writers Moon
Fees no info free free $14.95/3 mos. $25/3mos. to $140/year;
discounts with $150 membership
# of Mss. on Site less than 10 none (appears inactive) less than 10 no info not yet active
Amount of Text Posted no info up to 2,500 words excerpt can be entire ms. excerpt
Market Beyond Internet? no info no info no no no info
Successes? no info no info no info no info not yet active
Screen Submissions? no no no info yes yes
Screen Requests for Mss? no info no info no info no info filtered through site owners
Listing/Searching Methods category list (password protected) broad category list author list password protected access not yet active
Notes +editing services mandatory

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  Writers Ring Writers Showplace Writers Network+ Writers Web Writerscape++ Writer’s Mind+++
Fees undetermined $50/8 wks. free no info $3/page for 60 days; $30 for 30-day repost $9.99/mo.
# of Mss. on Site not yet active 65-70 33 12 none yet less than 10
Amount of Text Posted up to 2,000 words up to 2,500 words few hundred words few hundred words 1-3 chapters for novels; entire ms. for short works sample
Market Beyond Internet? no yes (trade ads, conferences, book fairs, direct marketing of mss. to agents/editors yes (trade ads for site) no no info no
Successes? no info claims 2 book sales, 24 agent contracts no info no info no info no info
Screen Submissions? yes yes yes no info yes no info
Screen Requests for Mss? no info filtered through site owners yes no info no info no info
Listing/Searching Methods not yet active detailed category list category list author list broad category list; software broad category list
Notes +literary agency&#151markets to publishers only; also publishes e-books for the work it displays
++editing services mandatory
+++has large agent database, which contains many questionable and fee-charging agents

This article appeared in the October 2000 issue of Writer’s Digest.

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