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America's Next Author
THE FIRST SOCIAL WRITING CONTEST!
America's Next Author is the first real social writing contest. Winners will be chosen based on a unique combination of votes from readers and publishing industry experts.

The Future Bestsellers

Mystery Writer (4)

The wild ride continues ... who will be the first wildcard nominee? Will I learn enough about online promotion to get hired for a job in marketing? ;)

I'm excited about the upcoming wildcard pick. I was surprised at the requirement for 50 new votes and 10 new reviews in the upcoming week, but I think I'm probably getting 50 votes as it is. It's harder to get people to write a review (it's much harder than clicking a button, poor things ...) but I think if I tell them it's for a specific wildcard nomination they will help out. I feel that my writing is good enough to warrant a wildcard nomination. I'll be interested to see who gets it, even if it's not me.

This competition has been a great learning experience for me, in terms of online marketing. A little while ago I started reading about online marketing because I wanted to get the word out about my blog, and I was curious about what could be accomplished without having to pay any money. After doing a little research, I never really put anything into practice, but with this competition I've had a real reason to start doing it.

I've actually enjoyed learning online marketing strategies, and I think it will be a useful skill for the future. (Maybe I'll even put it on my resume!) I think all of the work is even bringing me some good results because I've noticed some tweets about my story that are from people I don't know. With new stories being added to the competition every new round, it's tough to keep up my ranking each week, but I'm not going to let that stop me.

I also want to mention that I've read a lot of the other stories at ANA and watched many of the videos that people have added to their pages, and there's a lot of great talent here. Many of the stories are really well written and some of the videos are very creative. I'm glad to be part of a contest that might discover a talented new writer. It would be pretty cool if some of us went on to be bestselling authors!

DECEMBER 18th 2012
The winner of America's Next Author 2012 has been announced! [...]
DECEMBER 7th 2012
Questions and answers about the Battle Round. [...]
Goodbye For Now!
MYSTERY WRITER (7)
I won't be America's Next Author this year, but maybe next year ... [...]
Like a Criminal
Mystery Writer (6)
We're not all cut out for a life of crime. [...]
Big Breaks and Little Breaks
Mystery Writer (5)
How one Facebook message brought me from frustrated and upset to excited and motivated. [...]
The Future Bestsellers
Mystery Writer (4)
The wild ride continues ... who will be the first wildcard nominee? Will I learn enough about online promotion to get hired for a job in marketing? ;) [...]
Image Is Everything
Mystery Writer (3)
This week I put a lot of effort into improving my ANA author page, and I think it's starting to pay off. [...]
My First Week Experience
Mystery Writer (2)
Voting, reviews, Facebook, Tweets, links ... so busy! [...]
Seven more rounds!
Mystery Writer (1)
When I first got the email notifying me that my story was accepted for America's Next Author, I was really excited and even a little nervous. [...]
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America's Next Author is the first social writing contest. Friends, family, fans and publishing industry experts will read authors' submissions and nominate their favorite to be America's next major author. Everyone can participate!