Whose Book Will Be the Next American Title? -- An American Idol-Style Competition Begins for Aspiring Writers

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Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and Dorchester Publishing team up for a "Reality Print" competition à la American Idol, where the winner will receive a book contract.

Ten aspiring writers will compete for publishing contract in the fourth annual American Title writing competition sponsored by Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and Dorchester Publishing. Areas of competition will include: Best First Line, Best Hero and Heroine, Best Story Summary, Best Dialogue Scene and Best Romantic Scene. Each round of submissions will be printed in RT BOOKreviews, beginning with the December '07 issue, and on http://www.romantictimes.com/news_amtitle.php . The winner will be selected by readers voting online in each round.

Ten contestants competed in last year's contest and readers selected Jenny Gardiner and her novel, Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, as the big winner. The book is being published by Dorchester and will be in bookstores in February 2008.

All of last year's incisive and insightful judges have returned -- RT's tough-talking Flavia Knightsbridge, former editor Hilary Ross, who tells it like it is, and sweet-as-pie veteran romance editor Leslie Kazanjian. Despite the judges' opinions, the general reading public decides the fate of these contestants by voting for their favorite entry.

RT and Dorchester couldn't be more excited about the newest batch of contestants, who are all contributing their take on the hugely popular paranormal genre. "This year we have the wildest, most creative entries ever," says Dorcherster's Leah Hultenschmidt. "The authors really pulled out all the stops in developing some highly original storylines, and we'll all be eagerly following the voting to see which ones make the cut. It's going to be a fun ride!"

The American Title IV winner will be announced during the Awards Luncheon at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Pittsburgh, Penn. (April 16-20, 2008), and in the June '08 issue of RT BOOKreviews.

  • Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine is the leading book review magazine in the industry, covering more than 250 new books monthly along with industry news, gossip and trends. It also hosts an annual Booklovers Convention bringing together fans, authors, cover models, booksellers and publishers. -- http://www.romantictimes.com.
  • Dorchester has been publishing mass-market books since 1971, making it the oldest independent mass-market publisher in America. Although mostly known for romance, Dorchester also publishes world-class horror, westerns and thrillers under its Leisure Books and Love Spell imprints. -- http://www.dorchesterpub.com

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