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After much delay, we're pleased to announce the winner of our $100 Amazon gift card giveaway. The prize goes to kishazworld!

kishazworld's prize was actually awarded some time ago, but owing to some technical issues that sidetracked us, we're just now able to get the word out. Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway by adding content to our Listings, and congratulations to kishazworld for her winning entry!

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It’s easy to get behind during the holidays, and this year it’s happened to us, too. Because we didn’t get our reminders out in time, we’ve extended the deadline for our $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway through the end of the year!

To enter, just add a new Market, Publisher, Contest or Event to AuthorAdvance. That’s it! Each new listing counts as a separate entry, and you can enter as often as you like (just be sure to check to see if a listing already exists before you enter it, because duplicate listings will be disqualified.)

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We've just launched our first set of premium features, known as AuthorAdvance Pro. AuthorAdvance Pro gives you access to new tools to make your writing life easier, so you can spend more time writing! Best of all, you can get these great features for as low as around two bucks a month!

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To celebrate the grand opening of AuthorAdvance, and to say thank you to everyone who has helped make our launch such a huge success, we're giving away a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate to one lucky user.

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"It seemed like a good idea at the time." Sometimes, during the course of building a website, you look back a particular piece of functionality, and that's all you can say. Keeping the listing filters hidden in an expandable area was just such an idea. The plan was to keep them accessible, but out of the way, but after listening to a lot of user feedback, it became clear that all it did was make them difficult to find.

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AuthorAdvance has just finished its open beta test phase. This phase lasted a little longer than we intended, but since we launched several months ago, we’ve fixed hundreds of bugs, cleaned up formatting, added new features like the Dashboard and user Activity, and generally made the site more stable and easier to use. The result is a state-of-the-art networking and research tool that is, at long last, officially open for business!

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The Groups section on AuthorAdvance has undergone a major overhaul in recent weeks. The changes are geared toward making each group more clearly organized and easier to use. We've also new functionality, including file attachments, to make Groups even more useful and engaging.

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The next time you log in to AuthorAdvance, you’ll notice a new way to access key areas of the site. It’s called the Dashboard, and it’s just one of the many new features we’ve been hard at work on over the past few weeks.

The Dashboard provides at-a-glance displays of your most critical information, all in one place. It gives you quick access to your pending Submissions and recent Hotlist entries, along with abbreviated statistics for all your Titles. It also features an Activity stream to keep you up to date on what your friends have been up to.

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This week saw the launch of a new Activity system on AuthorAdvance. Activity records the public actions that users take on the site (such as updating a listing or posting a blog) and collects them into one easy-to-read stream. That stream then appears on your user profile to let people know what you’ve been up to, and on your Dashboard to help you keep up with your friends.

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With a new website, not every feature that's planned for the initial launch is able to make it in time. Some are delayed in favor of other features, some just take a little extra time to perfect. This week saw the inclusion of two such features, the first of many enhancements that are currently being planned and developed for AuthorAdvance.

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