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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Guest Blogger Kim Howe: American Idol for Writers!

Reality TV has infiltrated the world of fiction writing! Yes, that’s right. Dorchester Publishing and Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine have teamed up to create the American Title Contest, the fiction writer’s version of American Idol. The contest has crowned two talented writers, Janice Lynn with her hilarious novel, Jane Millionaire, and Gerri Russell with her captivating historical, The Warrior Trainer.

This year, over 250 aspiring writers sent their manuscripts in for consideration. Ten novels, including my romantic suspense One Shot, Two Kills, were given those proverbial golden tickets. The wonderful editor of RT magazine, Liz French, e-mailed or called us to share the exciting news that we were in the top ten of the American Title III Contest!

That’s when the fun started. We prepared excerpts from our novels—our first sentence, short character sketches on our hero and heroine, a story summary, a dialogue scene, and the ever popular love scene. This year, the stories span the full range of contemporary romance, including paranormal, romantic comedies, chick lit, and romantic suspense. The grand prize everyone is shooting for? A publishing contract with Dorchester, including publicity from Romantic Times!

Every month, the excerpts are showcased and critiqued by three judges patterned on American Idol’s Randy, Paula, and infamous Simon. From firsthand experience, I can tell you that Flavia Knightsbridge gives Simon a run for his money on the scathing factor!

Readers of the magazine vote for their favorite submissions. The two contestants with the lowest number of votes are eliminated every round. One Shot, Two Kills has reached the final four! Why not stop by the contest site at http://www.romantictimes.com/news_amtitle.php and vote for your favorite dialogue scene? Hopefully the fiery quips of my sniper heroine will make you smile. :) If you’d like to read the first chapter of the novel, please stop by my website at www.kjhowe.com

Thanks to Sanctuary’s Finest for your warm hospitality. It’s been a pleasure stopping by!


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Blogger Jazz said...

Welcome to SF Kim! So glad to have you here. I am going to go shoot over and vote so good luck! And have fun today!

January 31, 2007 at 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But do you have to sing as well?

Good luck in the contest. It's hard to aspiring writers to get a start so it is nice to see new venues opening up.


January 31, 2007 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Dylan aka Rowena said...

Wow, this sounds like such an awesome contest, why haven't we been informed of such cool contests, I would have for sure gotten my votes in, I'm crazy about things like this!

Good luck, Kim...and feel free to stop by SF anytime!


January 31, 2007 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Chantal said...

That does sound like a cool contest!

February 1, 2007 at 12:14 PM  

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