America's Next Author is different from competitions like American Idol or America's Got Talent in two important ways:
1. New entries are being accepted during all of the nomination rounds. Writers can join during the first eight weeks of competion.
2. Stories that didn't get a nomination remain in the competition and get another chance each successive week. Instead of eliminations every week, new stories are added. Current authors can learn from their results and apply that to the next week.
Don't hesitate or wait for next year. You can be this year's winner! The sooner you join, the more chances your story will have of winning, but you even enter a story for the last nomination round and have a good chance.
That being said, here's a big tip: do take the time to get a friend to proofread your story before you submit it. Many of the negative reviews that are posted are about typos and a lack of editing. Your story should be as correct and readable as possible, so it's best to get a few people to read it before you submit. This is also great because it will automatically build a small fan base for you, since your proofreaders will probably be excited to vote for your story.
Moving up in the Author Ranking isn't just about Facebook likes and Tweets. It's very important to get people to read and review your story. Writers who are part of a writing critique group might have an advantage because they already know people who are practiced at reviewing written work.
Later on in the competition, our jury members will be awarding four wildcard nominations to people who might not have gotten a lot of votes, but have high-quality stories and deserve a nomination. This is another reason to enter a story that has been revised and proofread. But don't sit back and hope for a wildcard! You never know what you might be able to accomplish on social media. Take a look at the authors in the top 20 to get more ideas.
Stories can be entered until November 27th.
So how can you win?
- Enter a great story that's both engaging and thoroughly edited.
- Get your family and friends to vote for you.
- Get people you don't know to vote for you by using all social media options (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pinterest, blogs, Reddit, Stumbleupon ...)
- Gather (quality!) reviews for your story.
- Ask people to actually read your story and provide real feedback (not just one-line star review).