Competition Seeks the Next Top Spiritual Author

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The winner of the Next Top Spiritual Author competition will receive a publishing contract from Hampton Roads Publishing, a premiere publisher of spiritual titles, most notably the Conversations with God series by Neale Donald Walsch. The competition, which includes a people’s choice element, will help to establish a publishing path for an emerging spiritual author. Beyond that, all participants – winner or not – will be allowed to participate in an eight-month home study program that will provide them with the skills they need to become a successful author.

James Twyman commented, "I think this program has two powerful components: First of all, one person will win the book deal, but even if they don't, all contestants will gain valuable skills in the process and learn what it takes to get noticed. I think th

With over 200,000 titles published each year in the U.S. alone, it’s no wonder up and coming authors have a tough time being noticed, not to mention published at all. But all of that is about to change, thanks to the new Next Top Spiritual Author (http://www.nexttopspiritualauthor.com/) competition, the brain-child of New York Times bestselling author, James F. Twyman, and Robert Evans, creator of the Messenger Mini-Book Program.

The winner of the competition will receive a publishing contract from Hampton Roads Publishing, a premiere publisher of spiritual titles, most notably the Conversations with God series by Neale Donald Walsch. The competition, which includes a people’s choice element, will help to establish a publishing path for an emerging spiritual author. Beyond that, all participants – winner or not – will be allowed to participate in an eight-month home study program that will provide them with the skills they need to become a successful author.

James Twyman commented, "I think this program has two powerful components: First of all, one person will win the book deal, but even if they don't, all contestants will gain valuable skills in the process and learn what it takes to get noticed. I think this is an amazing opportunity to grow as an author, and one person is going to have the chance of a lifetime."

"We didn't just want one person to win," Robert Evans said. "We want everyone who participates to win, even if they don't get the book deal. We've put together a really powerful home study program that will help people learn the process and develop the skills any publisher looks for. I hope that in the end we help produce several bestselling authors through this program."

Randy Davila, CEO of Hampton Roads, said, “We are very excited to be involved with this competition. Not only is the competition unique in and of itself, the added aspect of allowing the public to participate in the voting process on which authors progress to the next round is an important distinction from other writing contests.”

James Twyman, who’s books The Moses Code and The Proposing Tree made The New York Times bestseller list and is one of the most popular spiritual authors in the world, said he believes the contest could spread into other book genres. "We're starting with the body/mind/spirit genre because it's what we know best, but I don't think this program will be limited there. If this takes off and becomes as big as I think it will, then the sky's the limit. I could see this same idea being applied to mystery books, romance novels, and many other genres. Finding the 'Next Top Spiritual Author' could very well become the next big idea in publishing."

For additional information about the competition: http://www.nexttopspiritualauthor.com/index.cfm

For information on the voting process and deadlines: http://www.nexttopspiritualauthor.com/voting.cfm

Contact: James Twyman, PO Box 3399, Ashland, Oregon, 97520 (541) 482-5941

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