What is a pilot?
What is the tone of the pilot?
How can I watch the series?
Is the $2,500 for the winner of an entire season?
Do I retain the rights to my book and my pitch?
Yes! You will retain all ownership rights of the materials in your submission. To participate, you will grant to America’s Next Great Author the right to use your written pitch, audition video and all other materials submitted in connection with your online application to participate in the Pilot Taping of the Program.
To participate, you will also need to grant America’s Next Great Author the right to record and use your likeness.
Read the Participant Agreement and the Online Audition Terms and Conditions for full details.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, you must meet all criteria in the Eligibility Requirements.
Do I need to be available for 30 days if I submit my pitch for the pilot?
Will the winner of the pilot be in the full season?
We don’t know the answer to this because we are too early in the process. We will keep in touch with the winner to notify them of details as the show moves forward.
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Why isn't it an open call for the pilot where anyone can show up?
How will you choose the hundred semifinalists?
The semifinalists will be chosen by the producers based on the strength of their application materials.
Do all the semifinalists get to pitch at the pilot filming?
Does my book have to be finished to apply?
No. The first ten pages are all you will need to submit for the pilot.
Can I apply if I already have an agent?
Authors who have an agent are welcome to apply. We also welcome authors who haven’t yet signed with an agent.
Can I apply if I’ve already published the book I’m pitching?
You are welcome to apply if you’ve self-published the book you are pitching.
You cannot apply if you have a current contract with a publisher for the book you’re pitching, or if your book has already been published by a publisher.
Check out the Online Audition Terms and Conditions and Participant Agreement for more information.
Can I enter if I’ve been published before?
Yes. List any previous publications in your application and include publisher and date of publication.
Can I pitch a sequel or a later book in a series?
Is this for all genres?
The pilot of America’s Next Great Author is going to focus solely on novels (adult and YA) and memoirs. Read the full Eligibility Requirements here.
Future auditions may feature other genres. Sign up for casting calls.
Can I pitch more than one book?
You can only pitch one book and you can submit only one application.
How do I know someone won’t steal my idea?
If there's one thing we've learned, having an idea for a book is a whole other animal than writing that book. Even if you gave ten writers the same idea, they'd come up with ten completely different books. MOST IMPORTANTLY, we've found that the greatest barrier to getting published is to NOT tell people your book idea. Our goal is to help you get your book into the world with your name on it.
You retain all rights to your pitch and the materials you submit in your application. In order to participate, you will grant America’s Next Great Author a license to use your materials solely in connection with the promotion, marketing, advertising, exploitation, exhibition and distribution of the Pilot and Series. America's Next Great Author has no rights to your book, or the ideas expressed in the pitch materials. Review the full text of this agreement at our Participant Agreement and Terms and Conditions to understand how America’s Next Great Author will use your pitch, video, and the recording of the pilot and the licenses you are granting by participating.
If you have other questions, please ask!
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