Most of the readership here may not realize that I’m the person who founded NAF back in January and now I serve as Admin. That’s fancy talk for saying, I have to put up with the eccentricities of a whole community of moody, quirky, and headstrong authors who are all very talented and all very frustrated with the publication process. Guess what… I’m one of them too. But despite the impossibility of the circumstances, we all manage to work well together and have developed a successful blog.
How successful you may ask? Well, we’ve only been together for six months. We average over 100 hits a day and have had occasional spikes to almost 400 hits in one day. We average about 2500 hits a month. There are several agents and publishers who haunt this site, as well as numerous published authors and others who work in the industry.
Our goal in the beginning was to build a quality blog with well-written posts, in an effort to jointly bring more attention to our writing in the hopes of attracting that elusive publishing contract.
I think we’ve accomplished our goal, don’t you?
I don’t know if NAF had anything to do with it, but one of our founding members, PA Baines, finally received the contract that’s consistently avoided him for at least ten years. Congrats and doughnuts all around! You can read more about him and his upcoming book, Alpha Redemption at www.pabaines.com.
But if you read the About Us section or you’ve been reading us for awhile, you know that we are all unpublished authors. Guess what? As of September 1, 2010, PA Baines will be officially a published author. He’ll become an Alumni, he won’t be posting blogs as often, and we’ll have one less author on the roster.
Well… we can’t have that.
So a little over a month ago I put out a call for people who may be interested in joining. Back in January, I had to seek out and coerce people to join. This time, I had TEN people respond for one slot! So I had to devise a selection process, and I must say it worked better than I thought. Of course, there’s room for improvement I’m sure.
To these ten candidates, I gave them a run down on what it means to be a part of NAF and what we would expect of them. Four self-eliminated. Of the remaining six, I asked for some detailed information from them and I spent some time vetting and creating dossiers on each. It was quite clear to me that three of them would not be a good fit. And so, I cut the field in half.
Dossiers of the final three were sent to all the members of NAF. For the past week they’ve been evaluating them and sending me their votes. I required a ranking vote of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, so that I could check weighting of a candidate in the event of a close race.
When reality TV really started to become popular about 12 years ago, the producers of such shows realized they could create great tension for the contestants and viewers with a simple method. During elimination time, they would delay the announcement of a certain name and allow suspenseful angst music to play as the camera panned the anxious faces. I suspect that this all started as a way to waste time during a live taping. But they have since perfected the art. They even cut to commercial sometimes just before the defining moment, only to make the viewing audience relive, upon returning, the previous ten minutes of angst footage they’d already shown.
Am I above such torturous methods? Not at all. Maestro, please cue the annoying angst music.
And the new member of the New Authors’ Fellowship is…
AVILY JEROME! If you discovered this, please keep it secret until the official announcement tomorrow!
View this post HERE for the answer to this riddle!