From a pool of 150 aspiring writers, the works of ten talented authors posted in online serial installments since June 1 have been chosen to continue on in the America’s “Next Best Celler” novel contest, hosted by Dorchester Publishing and TextNovel.com. The finalists are, in no particular order:
Enchanted Season by Alicia Pace
Stay by Candi Wall
How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde
Confessions of the World’s Oldest Shotgun Bride by Gail Hart
The Hooded Man by Courtney Sheets
Primitive Nights by Candi Wall
Courting Demons by Kerri Nelson
Tossing the Gloves by Christy Finn
Vampire Vacation by C. J. Ellisson
Muse Struck by Liane Gentry Skye
Over the next two months, the second stage of the contest shall progress. Continue to watch and participate in the process as one exceptional finalist is chosen to win a publishing contract!
Here’s how the suspense will unfold:
- For the next few weeks, finalists in coordination with editorial contacts at Dorchester will critique and improve their jacket copy, posting finalized versions at dorchesterpub.com and http://www.textnovel.com from November 23– 30. Readers are encouraged to comment and let us know which jacket copy they think is the best and why. We will review these comments and based on this review, announce the fan favorite jacket copy on December 4.
Each week, the entries will receive a critique from qualified romance readers, posted to both websites, and one will be eliminated.
On January 15th, we will announce our Next Best Celler Grand Prize Winner!
CONTEST CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
Nov. 23 – Finalists’ Jacket Copy posted
Nov. 23-30 – Voting for Fan Favorite
Dec. 1 – Finalists’ Manuscripts Due to Dorchester Publishing
Dec. 4 – Fan Favorite Announced
Dec. 11 – Judges Introduced, Final Five Announced
Dec. 18 – Fifth Place Announced, with criticism
Jan. 4 – Fourth Place Announced, with criticism
Jan. 8 – Third Place Announced, with criticism
- Jan. 15 – Winner and Runner-up Announced
Here ends the official release.
I can tell you that it wasn’t an easy process to winnow the entries down, and we had a lot of debate over this top 10.
Over the next few days, Alicia Condon, Chris Keeslar and myself will be going over the summaries for each story and working with the authors to give them marketable back cover copy. We hope the entrants will find this kind of feedback valuable as they pursue their publishing career.
Once all the new summaries are posted, we’ll be inviting comments here at RomanticReads for your favorites.
Congratulations to all the finalists, and good luck!