The recent issue of the Authors Guild Bulletin has some useful information for all writers. You might want to check out Book Country. It is a website created for writers of genre fiction. Writers can post their own work on the site–an opening chapter or a full manuscript–and get critical comments from other users. To discourse plagiarism, the copy-paste and print mechanisms on the site have been disabled.

A project of Penguin Group USA, the company plans to generate income by letting users self-publish their books by paying for printed copies. The books will carry the stamp of Book County.

Penguin hopes the site will attract agents, editors and publishers scouting for new talent.

Other sites for writers include Ravelry, a site for knitters and crocheters that has more than 1.3 million registered users, Writers Cafe, Protagonize and Mibba.

Molly Barton is in change of the site. Bloom said Book Country planned to be comprehensive. “It’s connecting disparate pieces that writers had to go to three or four different sites to find.”