Writing contests, to me, are another way to get the attention of a company that wants to sell something to writers, so I don't post about contests so much. But when I saw Inkitt's objective, I knew that while they were doing a contest to drive traffic to their site, I didn't mind posting about this contest. Here is what I read on their site:
Your book is good when your readers love it. Period.
The entire publishing industry has always relied upon the subjective and emotional opinions of their decision makers. This is why Harry Potter was rejected by 13 publishers, Twilight by 14 and Carrie by Stephen King was refused by 30 publishers.
We created Inkitt with the mission to change this - to ensure fair publishing and objectivity for authors. Who are we or any editor in the world to judge whether your book is worth publishing? We don’t think that we or any so-called “expert” is in a position to judge your work. You write your book for your readers, and the most important factor is whether your readers like it or not. That is what we measure at Inkitt.
This is why we built artificially intelligent algorithms that have the ability to analyze reading pattern data and engagement levels. This allows us to make objective and data-driven decisions regarding a story’s potential to become a bestseller.
I couldn't have said it better.
TRP wants to publish books by authors we believe in (not just books). Though the wording on Inkitt's objective about algorithms analyzing a work, I have to say I myself am an analyzer. We all analyze. Reviewers analyze if their followers will like a book. Readers analyze if the book was worth reading for them. Publishers analyze if the book will sell.
Inkitt says who knows if a book will be liked. But they went one step further and said...we're going to use an objective system that can determine that.
We do our best to look at a book and decide where this book will belong. Yes, there is editing before all that, but we're picky on who we work with. For us, we look at the author first then the book. But since Inkitt's goals and TRP goals lined up well, we wanted to introduce them to you!
Check out their contest, read the rules and decide if you'd like to participate!
Here are the main points:
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