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The New NAF Member

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But if you read the About Us section or you’ve been reading us for awhile, you know that we are all unpublished authors.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.

And boy has it been close.  All three of these candidates would be excellent additions to NAF, but there can be only one at this time.  The results are in…

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!


About Keven Newsome

Keven Newsome is an musician, theologian, and a bit of a nerd. He enjoys a variety of musical genres, from Christian rock to movie soundtracks to KPop. A former band director, he plays about a dozen instruments, given a couple of weeks to practice up. His theological work has included a book on multi-generational ministry and a thesis on the theology of communicating with the dead. As for his nerd-card, he enjoys the fandoms of The Legend of Zelda, Doctor Who, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Lord of the Rings. With a music degree from William Carey University and a theology degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Keven actively serves in ministry as both pastor and worship leader.

35 comments on “The New NAF Member

  1. EVIL! Do you feel the weight of an anvil hovering over your head, Keven?

  2. “moody, quirky, and headstrong authors” …. Who in the heck are you talking about here, Diane? I mean really.

    ~Chila (guilty as charged)

  3. ughhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate anticipation!!!! LOL

  4. After all I’m not getting any younger! LOL

  5. Even Jeff wasn’t this bad when he announced the winners of MLS. Good grief! Are we supposed to wait for an announcement here, or is he going to do a different post tomorrow?

    Bad, Keven, very bad. 😈

  6. Oh my goodness, Keven… Talk about a cliffhanger.

  7. I’m sure there’s a scripture somewhere (probably in Leviticus) that says you’re not allowed to torment people by postponing important announcements between blogs.

  8. It has come to my attention that someone other than Keven knows who won, and I happen to know who knows who won even if I don’t know the name of the winner. 😈

  9. I see no one’s discovered the clue yet.

  10. If I go off the “quirky” remark, it could be a turtle. Hmmm?

    • Are you dying to know? Getting me back would be justice, wouldn’t it? That’s ok. It’s a good thing I have an angel watching over me!

      • It could be a three way tie and all of the lovely ladies could be a new edition. I would be all right with that. 😀

  11. If the person who knows who the winner is can be any indication, there’s no telling just how many may have won. 😈

  12. So he’s throwing out the fish for us to take some bait. Hmmmm…..perhaps his “clue” isn’t such a clue after all?

  13. Okay, so there are 3 candidates, and Keven said that 12 years ago the reality TV started the suspense. 3 divided into 12 is 4, and Kat has 4 websites listed in the dossiers, 12 online items in the portfolio listed on the dossier, and 3 print items listed. It must be Kat.

  14. “Are you dying to know? Getting me back would be justice, wouldn’t it? That’s ok. It’s a good thing I have an angel watching over me!”

    Okay, so Keven’s hints are taken from the book titles. Avily has a book “Dying for Dragons”, Robynn has a book called “Star of Justice”., and Kat’s book is “Finding Angel”,

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that these are in order. So that would make it Avily…?

    • Sorry Diane, I didn’t see your earlier post. I’ve just woken up and the coffee still hasn’t kicked in yet :P. Maybe it is a draw, but then that’s not much of a hint. I think the order’s important.

      Can’t see the hint in Keven’s post for the life of me, Maybe if we take the first letter of each paragraph… That gives MHIIBWSTDAWAA! Hmm, interesting.

      • And that fish is a red herring, so does that mean the fish is a red herring, or the hint in the post is a red herring…?

    • You know, that’s a very good point I hadn’t considered, Paul. And even though I’ve taken my boy to school already, my brain is still waking up after being up late last night thinking on this. 😉

      Keven is just too evil about this. 😈

      • Er, the point about the order of the titles in his well structured sentence that is.

        (I had already considered that the red herring indicates that any clues in the blog entry was simply that)

  15. OKay, just spotted it. Keven, that was way sneaky!

    Can I taunt now?

  16. @P.A.Baines, re Scripture – Not Leviticus, but Habakkuk 2:3 –
    For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
    But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
    Though it tarries, wait for it;
    Because it will surely come,
    It will not tarry.

  17. […] Ready to practice?  Here it is -> YAY!  You did it! Now go back to the other post HERE, find the half inch of white space between my last sentence and the red herring, and do […]

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