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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.


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October 30th, 2012 | The not-so-secret secrets of online promotion that will help you improve your Author Ranking.

There is a way for not-so-famous writers to boost their Author Ranking. This is a standard online promotion system used by major companies all around the world.

Follow these simple steps and you will surely take your Author Ranking out of the lonely backwoods pages of America's Next Author.

1. Grab the URL of your Author profile.

2. Post your URL in every social media outlet, forum, and website that you're a part of. Actively engage in forum discussions and always include your URL in your signature.

3. Include your URL in your email signature.

4. Bookmark your Author Page in places such as StubleUpon, Digg, Reddit, Pinterest, etc.

5. Ask a blog to do a write up about you or your story.

6. Create a press release and submit it to press release websites (many are free!)

Lastly, don't beg your friends and family to visit your Author Page -- spamming your friends and followers will only irritate them. But do follow this standard promotional procedure to create links and traffic to your Author Page, and you should soon see positive results.

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
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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!