“Dorchester Publishing announced that it is partnering with serialized fiction service Textnovel on a writing competition for aspiring novelists. The winner of America’s Next Best Celler will land a $2,000 advance and will be published by Dorchester next year. The partnership is the latest development in Textnovel’s year-long life: founded by a literary agent as a way for unknown writers to find readers, it is also turning out to be a sort of feeder for publishers. Earlier this year, writer Saoirse Redgrave, winner of Textnovel’s 2008 Writing Contest, signed a three-book deal with St. Martin’s.
Literary agent Stan Soper quietly founded Textnovel in June 2008. Close to 2,000 authors and readers have used the site in the past year. Writers create and add to their stories via e-mail or text, and readers receive stories—in chapter-length installments—on their cell phones, with the option to get notifications as new chapters are added. Stories can be private or public, and people can rate and review stories, which the site says increases a highly-rated story’s likelihood of getting published by a traditional publisher. There’s currently no fee to post or read content, and Textnovel also offers cash prizes to winners.”
Read the entire article at Publishers Weekly.