Book Clubs to Determine the Next Bestsellers?

The thoughts and opinions of book clubs are often divided and passionately debated. Publisher Hookline Books has introduced an unconventional way to utilise this across the U.K. – to help recognise the next potential bestsellers. The publisher invites a selection of book clubs to read the first two chapters of manuscripts from students and assess them using a ranking system. From this, the top five authors are then asked to submit their entire manuscript for assessment by the publishing house itself.

Arguments are flying high at The Writer’s Edit… Are book club members as qualified as trained editors when it comes to assessing an unpublished, unedited manuscript?

And most importantly, what do you think? Is this a brilliant, unconventional method for discovering new talent, or simply a new way of distributing the rejection process? Read the full article from the BBC here.

Helen Scheuerer

Helen Scheuerer is a novelist from Sydney, and the Founding Editor of Writer's Edit. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong and a Masters in Publishing from The University of Sydney. Her #1 bestselling YA fantasy novel, Heart of Mist is available now. You can grab your copy here. She also chronicles her writing process and current work over at

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