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Thursday, January 11, 2007
Cilck here to publish
Sorry about the flu-related hiatus yesterday. Just a quick note that we now have a new instance of harnessing the collective judgment of online readers to shorten the path to publication, a phenomenon I wrote about in an article for Ideas and a follow-up post here.
Touchstone, a division of the venerable New York publishing house Simon & Schuster, has agreed to publish the winner of a fiction-writing contest held online at Gather.com, a social networking site similar to Friendster or MySpace. This is an even more risky and powerful endorsement of the collective judgment of Internet users than The Frontlist or the Zoetrope Virtual Studio, which only promise that someone in power might read the top writing; now Touchstone is stuck having to put the winner between covers no matter what they think.