It’s true, isn’t it? All good things must, eventually, end. Like childhood, summer vacation, and a favorite book series, Authonomy is about to go the way of the dodo.
True, I haven’t hung out there regularly in a very long time. Years, even. But without it, I would not be the writer I am today.
Authonomy was my introduction to the online writing community. At one point, I had the better part of The Lokana Chronicles up there for the world to see. The critique I received shaped my story into something much less dreadful than that first 10k upload and truly helped thicken my skin. I learned a ton about pitching, about queries, and about British spelling. 🙂
But it wasn’t just educational – it was also fun. Some of my first and closest writing friends were made an Authonomy. You’ll know them as the Alliance of Worldbuilders, a funtastic group of talented writers. Hundreds joined us (the cake is, after all, impossible to resist), but there was a core group of about twenty or so who stayed for the long haul. There was much critiquing, even more general chat, and some truly epic battles between the Vice Captain and the Ice Queen that kept our thread at the top of the Most Active Threads chart through three incarnations (our rambling adventures may or may not have crashed the servers a time or twelve). Most of us have gone on to publication of one kind or another, but through it all, we’ve kept in touch and supported each other through a multitude of highs and lows. We have our own website, a happening Facebook page (to say nothing of an awesome group), and a pretty awesome anthology coming out in September (party it up with us right here!).
Authonomy is officially shutting down September 30, and our anthology is coming out September 4. I don’t know about anyone else, but the timing of our release now makes me a little nostalgic. Without Authonomy, our anthology wouldn’t exist – our group wouldn’t exist, at least not as it is. Without Authonomy, 416 wouldn’t exist, either. So many friendships, so many projects, so many great memories would not exist without Authonomy.
So thank you, HarperCollins, for five years of fun. Thanks for the memories. And thanks for all the fish. Cake! I mean cake. Thanks for all the cake. 🙂
Did you ever hang out at Authonomy? Share your memories below – let’s reminisce!
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