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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Woo hoo! It's official -- Saranna DeWylde is America's Next Best Celler!

You'll have to pardon the Divas if we don't make a lot of sense right now. The cyber-chocolatinis have been flowing nonstop since 11:02 a.m. EST yesterday, when Dorchester Publishing Co. announced our own Saranna DeWylde as the winner of the America's Next Best Celler contest. Brava, Saranna! We're so proud of you and your fabulous book!

Dorchester's editors, as well as the readers from Dorchester's customer service staff -- a notoriously tough crowd -- "absolutely fell in love with" Saranna's manuscript, How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days, which they described as "a playful paranormal, full of spunk and imagination." As a result, Caspian and Grace will be available in bookstores everywhere in the Fall of 2010.

This was a long, tough contest. First Saranna survived five months of reader voting at www.textnovel.com (where How to Lose a Demon was an Editor's Choice) to become a semi-finalist. Then she sailed through cuts by Dorchester's editors that narrowed the field first to 10 finalists, then to the top 5. After that came a series of gut-wrenching individual eliminations, culminating in yesterday's big reveal.

Saranna has a busy and exciting few months ahead of her. Soon enough she'll have to start worrying about revisions and publicity and all those other aspects of being a writer we're only dimly aware of before we get a contract. But for now, it's time to celebrate. Everyone drink a chocolate martini in Saranna's honor -- and buy her one if you see her in person!

4 comments:

SarannaDeWylde said...

Thank you, Gail! *mwah*

Deborah Blake said...

Huzzah! Huzzah! I'm so happy for Saranna and all the Divas. What a great bunch of women! What a great bunch of writers! Huzzah!

Jennifer L Hart said...

Seriously, who's suprised? She's the shit.

SarannaDeWylde said...

Jenn. LOL.

Huzzah back at you, Deborah. :)

 
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