Archive for October, 2012

How to Vote for America’s Next Author

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

I’ve put together a short video on how to help me win America’s Next Author. Since the ratings for Round 2 first appeared this morning, I’ve jumped up from #133 (out of 244) to currently #93, but that’s nowhere near where I need to be. The top-ranked author for each round will make it into the semifinals, along with four Wild Card selections chosen by the jury.

Watch this brief video and find out how you can help me.

So that you don’t have to cut and paste it, here’s a quick link: Alyce Wilson author page


America’s Next Author: How to Vote

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The voting for Round 2 of America’s Next Author will begin soon, and my story will be eligible for votes.

In the meantime, I’ve done some research into how voting works, and here’s what I’ve learned. According to a guide on how to vote for America’s Next Author, there are three ways:

1. Quickvote: This is the box on the right side of the page where you can select your impression of a story and then click VOTE.

2. Share stories on Facebook and Twitter. This also counts towards an author’s ranking.

3. Leave reviews. This counts towards an author’s ranking as well. Plus, leaving four or more reviews might win you an iPad!

From reading other information on the site, however, they are looking for reviews of at least a few sentences. If you leave a review of just a couple words or a short sentence, such as “Good job, Alyce!” it could wind up being thrown out. In their FAQ on author ranking, the contest organizers state:

Low quality reviews will not be taken into account for the final results. For example, if someone were to quickly write four 5-star reviews with one line of text, or four 1-star reviews with short complaints, those would not count towards rankings or win an eReader.

The takeaway: please write reviews that actually mention aspects of the writing, and make them at least two sentences long. It will help me, and if you also review three other writers’ works, you could win an iPad.

The more that you can share the link to my story on Facebook and Twitter — and encourage your friends to do the same — the better off I should be in the rankings.

Top prize for this contest is $5,000, which if I win it, will go towards a four-door family-sized vehicle to replace our hatchback. No more hitting my head while putting my little Kung Fu Panda in his car seat!

ETA: Voting is now open! Visit the Alyce Wilson author’s page to vote.

Wild Violet Featured: Week of October 15

Monday, October 15th, 2012

This week, my literary magazine, Wild Violet, visits the dreamworld:

Featured: Week of October 15

Photos from Awesome Readathon VIII

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Awesome Readathon was as advertised.Reader #1 ReadingReader #1 ExplainsReader #1Reader #2 - Lois JohnsonReader #2 - Lois on ParisReader #2 - Witness to ParisReader #3 - K.B. IngsleeReader #3 - K.B. Ingslee ReadsReader #3 - K.B. Ingslee Makes an AsideReader #3 - K.B. Ingslee Reading 2Reader #4 - Steve FullerReader #4 - Steve Fuller Reads Novel ExcerptReader #4 - Steve Fuller ReadsReader #5 - Alyce WilsonReader #5 - Me!Reader #6 - Lucas MangumReader #6 - Lucas Reads about ZombiesReader #6 - Lucas on ZombiesReader #7 - George MosleyReader #7 - George Reads Board Game IntroReader #7 - George on MonkeysReader #8 - Fran GroteReader #8 - Fran Grote Reads

Awesome Readathon VIII, a set on Flickr.

The Readathon went extremely well. I got a good response to my piece and got to network with some awesome writers! There are more photos in the album of the other readers.

Via Flickr:Lucas Mangum’s Awesome Readathon VIII at Between Books on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Awesome Reading Fest VIII at Between Books

Friday, October 12th, 2012

I should have posted this earlier, but I was working on a fiction piece for a big writing contest. I’ll share a link when it’s online, which should be on or about October 16.

Tomorrow, I’m going to be participating in what promises to be a fun event: Lucas Mangum’s Awesome Reading Fest VIII at Between Books in Claymont, Delaware.

Each of the participants will read one prose piece that is 1,000 words or less. If you’re local, I hope to see you there!

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