I saw this interesting article on the BBC website and thought it worth sharing:
“The average book group is a melting pot of different views, with members often furiously debating the merits of the book under discussion.
Now publishing company Hookline Books has decided to harness those opinions – by using book clubs to help them judge which of their manuscripts they should put into print.
The publisher invites book groups from around the UK to read and then discuss the first two chapters of new works from students or MA writing course graduates, before the top five writers are chosen to submit their complete manuscripts.
They use a voting system not unlike that used in the Eurovision Song Contest, in the hope of finding the next bestsellers.”