Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Introducing "CHAPTER ONE"

***SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS MONTH.  CHECK BACK ON JULY 1ST TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE WINNER AND SIGN UP FOR NEXT MONTH***

In July I will be starting something called:


What is it?

A contest for authors.

Each month I will be looking for the BEST first chapter of a novel.  The winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card AND will be interviewed on both my reader and writer blogs which have had over 30,000 page views in the past year.  In addition, I will tweet about your book to my 12,000 followers and do a write up about why I chose your novel as my "chapter one" pick of the month.

For the first month, I will be accepting 50 entries.  I might change this later...I need time to write after all ;) but I will do what I can to maintain this number.

TO ENTER...

Comment on this blog post below.  If you are one of the first fifty to comment, send the first chapter of your novel to my EMAIL ADDRESS

In the subject line of your email put: CHAPTER ONE
And then please paste your chapter in the body of the email, and NOT as an attachment.

The winner will be emailed by the last week of the month, and look for their interview (and hopefully YOUR interview) the first week of the following month.  If you were not chosen, you may submit the first chapter of a different novel the next month.  Short stories are also eligible.

Why am I doing this? Those who know me already know, but if you don't, one of my favorite things to do is promote up-and-coming authors.  I received a lot of help in the early days of my journey from some amazing authors, and it's important to me to give back. 

Best of luck to everyone!

   

66 comments:

  1. Alisa Tangredi here. Sounds awesome. Thank you for doing this!

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  2. I'm in as well, thanks. Any preference on book subjects? I have quite a range..

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    1. Andy, whichever book you like, your choice :)

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  4. Hi Cheryl, What a great idea. I hope you like chiclit cause I'm sending you Chapter One of The Seven Steps to Closure.
    I apologise for the length of the chapter - there are only nine in the book.
    Cheers Donna Joy Usher

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  5. Nice Idea... Count me in if you still have a free slot

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  6. Thank you for the opportunity Cheryl. As I have only written one novel to date (with the publishers now) my submission will be my only entry, so here's hoping. I have made a start on the sequel, but only the first 7000 words so far.

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  7. What an interesting concept, Cheryl. It's generous of you to offer to read 50 Chapter Ones :-)

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  8. Thank you, Cheryl. I'll be sending our First Chapter today!
    Best wishes.

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  9. Hola. :-)
    (M. Edward McNally)

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  10. Trying again to crack the letter code.

    (C. M. Barrett)

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  12. What a generous offer--and a LOT of reading for you ;)

    Thank you. Sending you an email.

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  13. Thank you, Cheryl. I'd like to enter the first chapter of my YA novel Notes to Self.

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  14. Hi Cheryl. You have a great idea here.

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  15. Great Idea! Thanks for the opportunity. I'll be sending the first chapter of my YA, Screwing Up Time.

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  16. Thank you, Cheryl. I'd like to enter the first chapter of my romantic comedy Indian Maidens Bust Loose.
    Best,
    Vidya Samson.

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  17. Thanks so much for this opportunity, Cheryl. I'm entering the first chapter of my historical, High on a Mountain.

    Thanks again,
    Tommie Lyn

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  18. I'm in. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Thanks,
    Lorne Oliver

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  19. I'd love to send you the first chapter of my fraud thriller, Exit Strategy. Thanks!

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  20. Do you still have room to enter? I'm up for it.

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  21. Cheryl, thank you for running this chapter one contest! I will send you an email for Ringer!

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  22. Hi Cheryl,

    I would love the chance to enter this contest, thank you for this opportunity. I will send you an e-mail right now for Bright Horizons.

    Wilson Harp

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  23. Woohoo. I still have a chance! Can I send you mine please? Can I? Can I? Pretty please?

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  24. Great idea for cross promotion. Hope I'm still on time to participate.

    José

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  25. It's a very nice thing to do. I'd love to participate!

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  26. What if Chapter One is actually one short story in a short story collection?

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  27. I'm in! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  28. Count me in too!! I think I am number 40 with Mr Right and Other Mongrels!!

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  29. Sounds like an interesting idea. I'm game.

    Arshad Ahsanuddin

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  30. Thanks so much for doing this. Hope you enjoy the chapter, your idea is much appreciated. Best, Suzanne

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  31. I got a cool Chapter 1. Looks like I'm #44. :)

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  32. What a neat idea, Cheryl. Sending first chapter now.

    Cheers,
    Michelle

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  33. I think I'm #46! Sending it now.

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  34. Number 47. Sounds great! Best, Leonard

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  35. I'm in for sure! Thanks for the opportunity.

    Fleedleflump
    aka Michael E Bell

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  36. I can't decide which I like better, Page 99 or this. No, wait, Page 99 doesn't give anything but feedback. You have giftcards. You win.

    Great idea!

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    1. Which means, in just-woke-up-ese... I'd love to be #50. I hope I am!

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  38. I still have 14 spots left :) I've only received 36 in my email.

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  39. If you still have space, I have a Chapter of "Despite the Angels" to send you. Madeline

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  40. Okay, I would like to add my Chapter to this as well if I may? (hopefully there's still room if not ah well).

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  41. I just saw the notice of this on the Indie Writers FB page. I think there are still under 50 comments, if we subtract your replies. So I'll send you a chapter. If my math is wrong (quite possible) just delete. Thanks for doing this fun, innovative thing. Love the idea!

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  42. I hope there's still room! I'll send my first chapter out ASAP.

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  43. The story's about 3900 words. Don't worry about it. I'm sure I'll have another novel for future rounds of this great contest! Please don't include me in the count this time.

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  44. I love this idea. Makes me wish I had a book actually ready for print or close enough that I could send in. Sadly, everything is in editing right now... Well, editing and creation.

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  45. Soooo, can I put my name down on this? :P

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  46. Is an unpublished 24,000 word novella okay or is that too short? I'd love to send mine. I'll send it and you can just delete it if it's not. Thanks so much

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    1. Sent =-) Thank you. If I'm late feel free to delete, thanks so much!

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  47. Drat, I don't think I made it in. Randy Attwood

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  48. Hello. I followed you on twitter but a "follow" button for FB does not exist on the page you link to in your post. I "liked" you FB page though. Does that count? Heh.

    DO want to be entered in your contest #1!

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  49. Oops! Forgot this - when does these contests end and winners be announced?

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