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America's Next Author
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.

My First Week Experience

Mystery Writer (2)

Voting, reviews, Facebook, Tweets, links ... so busy!

Wow, what a rollercoaster ride! This contest has turned out to be a lot more emotional than I expected it to be, although I guess I should have known, since the stories are available for the public to read.

I did a lot of online work promoting my story on Facebook and Twitter, and managed to get a lot of people that I know to share my story and vote for it. At first I was nervous that nobody would bother to vote, so I was really happy that they did. I even got a couple friends to add links to my story on their own blogs, and after that I noticed that my ranking went up a bit, so the extra attention must have helped.

My story got some really nice reviews, which was very encouraging. Later, a couple negative reviews were posted. After being upset initially, I read those reviews again and realized that they did bring up some fair points, so I now grudgingly try to consider it constructive feedback. While that can be hard to take, it is useful in the long run.

In case you were wondering: No, I didn't get the nomination for the first round. My story did better than I thought it would, though, and I'm going to try and step up my game this week to get even more votes! I think that getting more links from blogs will be great so that I can get votes from people outside my circle of friends and family ... which might be easy since my family consists of a crazy aunt, her two cats, and my brother who thinks books are a great tool for leveling tables.

Good luck to everyone!

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!
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. [...]
America's Next Author

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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!