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  • Read our interview with ANA2012 winner Kate Baggott, and learn about the real-life experience that helped her write "Finnegan and Grandfather Cheng."
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  • Read our interview with Jen Barton, wildcard nominee and ANA2012 runner up.
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  • Read our interview with J.R. Verwey, the Round #8 nominee.
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  • Chauncey Mabe, who we can only describe as a straight-shooter, answers our questions about writing, social media, and more.
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  • Read our interview with Round #7 nominee Kellene Killmer and find out how she grew her Twitter following from 17 to 1,300 during ANA!
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  • Read the second part of our interview with jury member Autumn Stephens, in which she claims to be 5,000 years old and to enjoy reading books printed on papyrus.
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  • Read our interview with Luke Swanson, the youngest ANA nominee, and find out which book he'd be embarrassed to be seen reading.
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  • Jill Amber Menard, the Round #5 nominee, did an awesome job of getting votes for her story while also going to school and running a non-profit dance company, so the rest of us have no excuse.
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  • Read our interview with Lance Burson, who was chosen as the first wildcard nominee. He's funny.
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  • Read our first interview with jury member Autumn Stephens and find out what she will be looking for when reading the America's Next Author stories.
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  • Read our interview with Round #4 nominee Dom Goodall and find out how she managed to stay at the top of the Author Ranking each week. Plus: why is she so fascinated with wolves?
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  • Read part two of our interview with jury member Sandy Diaz and learn how to avoid the most common mistakes made by aspiring authors.
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  • Read our interview with Round #3 nominee Bellakentuky and learn what writing advice changed his writing style, plus what the name "Bellakentuky" means.
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  • Read part two of our interview with jury member Peter McCarthy and learn his advice for authors trying to get published.
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  • Read our interview with Round #2 nominee Lin Clements and find out how to prepare for the inevitable zombie takeover (plus a few things about writing).
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  • Read part one of our interview with jury member Sandy Diaz and find out what she will be looking for when reading the America's Next Author stories.
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  • Read our interview with Round #1 nominee Elizabeth A Reeves and find out how she managed to get to the top spot for week one.
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  • Read our first interview with jury member Peter McCarthy and find out what he will be looking for when reading the America's Next Author stories.
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  • Writing is an inside job with no heavy lifting. Who said that, Terry Pratchett? It has it’s challenges, like anything that feels worthwhile, but I certainly don’t regret choosing it as a career.
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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 Nominees

These authors were nominated for the finals by being at the top of the Author Ranking during the Nomination Rounds. Votes from the public determined the ranking each day and at the end of the week the top author was locked in as one of the nominees.

Elizabeth A Reeves
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WEEK 1

Lin Clements
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WEEK 2

Bellakentuky
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WEEK 3

Dom Goodall
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WEEK 4

Jill Amber Menard
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WEEK 5

Luke Swanson
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WEEK 6

Kellene Killmer
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WEEK 7

J.R. Verwey
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WEEK 8

Wild Cards

During the competion, the America's Next Author jury members read through all of the entries to find excellent writing talent that the voting public missed. These authors got wild wild card nominations and joined the weekly nominees in the Battle Round.

Lance Burson
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WILDCARD 1

Harlen Bayha
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WILDCARD 2

John Feldman
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WILDCARD 3

Kate Baggott
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WILDCARD 4

Jen Barton
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WILDCARD 5

Lori Paris
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WILDCARD 6

The Finals

In the Battle Round, our 14 nominees went head-to-head in one last week of intense voting. At the end of the week, the top 3 authors made it into the Jury Round. In the Jury Round, members of the jury read their stories and determined who would become America's Next Author.

The Winner

Kate Baggott was chosen unanimously by the jury as America's Next Author!

Jen Barton and Jill Amber Menard were the runners up. All three of these finalists are excellent writers and did an amazing job during America's Next Author 2012.

 

 

 

DECEMBER 18th 2012
The winner of America's Next Author 2012 has been announced! [...]
DECEMBER 7th 2012
Questions and answers about the Battle Round. [...]
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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!