PARK CITY, Utah, November 16, 2009—From a pool of one hundred and fifty aspirants, the works of ten talented authors posted in online serial installments since June 1st have been chosen to continue on in America’s “Next Best Celler” novel contest, sponsored by Dorchester Publishing and hosted by TextNovel.com. The Finalists (in no particular order) are as follows:
1. Muse Struck
10. The Hooded Man
Over the next two months, the second stage of the contest will 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 the editorial team at Dorchester will critique and improve their jacket copy, posting finalized versions at www.dorchesterpub.com and www.textnovel.com from November 23rd – 30th. Readers are encouraged to comment and let Dorchester know which jacket copy they think is the best and why – readers should post comments at www.dorchesterpub.com. Dorchester will review these comments and based on this review, announce the fan favorite jacket copy on December 4th.
· On December 11th, taking into account all editorial and voting considerations, as well as fan comments, Dorchester will announce the Final Five at both www.dorchesterpub.com and www.textnovel.com. This talented quintet will be subjected to further evaluation, and one will be eliminated per week, including postings on both sites of constructive criticism by Dorchester’s committee of qualified romance readers.
· On January 15th, Dorchester will announce the Next Best Celler Grand Prize Winner!
CONTEST CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
Nov. 23 Finalists' Jacket Copy Posted
Nov. 23-30 Voting for Fan Favorite Jacket Copy
Dec. 1 Finalists’ Manuscripts Due to Dorchester Publishing
Dec. 4 Cover Copy 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
ABOUT DORCHESTER PUBLISHING
Dorchester Publishing has published mass market books since 1971, making it the oldest independent mass market publisher in America. Known for its collection of best-selling romance novels, Dorchester also publishes award-winning horror, thrillers and western titles, as well as the Hard Case Crime line of pulp-style mysteries. In addition, Dorchester distributes the bestselling Family Doctor series of health guides in the US and Canada. Website: http://www.dorchesterpub.com
Textnovel (www.textnovel.com) is a social network for authors and readers of serial fiction and the first English language cell phone novel website, allowing members to write and read fiction with their cellphones or computers, using text messaging, email and online tools. Textnovel runs contests for fiction writers, allowing them to demonstrate the market potential of their work through its unique serial publication and voting format. Textnovel is sponsored by the Soper Literary Agency (www.soperagency.com).