Friday, August 3, 2012

Chapter One Submissions: August

***SUBMISSIONS FOR AUGUST ARE NOW CLOSED.  FOLLOW MY BLOG TO BE ALERTED ON WHEN I OPEN FOR SEPTEMBER SUBMISSIONS (FIRST WEEK OF SEPT).  THIS MONTH IT TOOK LESS THAN TWO DAYS FOR ME TO REACH THE MAX NUMBER OF ENTRIES***


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 15,000 followers and do a write up about why I chose your novel as my "chapter one" pick of the month.

For this 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. Once I receive 50, I will announce at the top of this post that submissions are closed for the month, so if you don't see that above, there's still an opening. Last month it was only open for two days, so don't wait around ;)

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.  BUT!  Your book much be published to qualify.

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!

44 comments:

  1. I will have to keep this in mind! I am shopping my first novel now! This is great that you do this. I'll check it out again once I am published!
    Karoline Barrett
    karolinebarrett.com

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  2. Sounds like fun! Happy to join in. :o)

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  3. I'd love to join in, Cheryl. What a great way to promote!

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  4. I'm in! First chapter of Wyndano's Cloak coming to you!

    Thanks so much for all your support, Cheryl!

    Best,

    Peter
    Writing as A. R. Silverberry

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  5. I'm joining, thank you!

    Heikki Eskola

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  6. For the purposes of this contest, would the book need to already be published, or are works that are still being shopped ok? I am assuming so, but asking to be sure.

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  7. Hi Cheryl!

    I'll have a go at this.

    Linda

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  8. Dibs, dibs! I'm a KBer who just saw your post, and I'll be emailing you now! :-) What an incredible contest idea. I really admire your originality.

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  9. Also just saw your post on KB. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  10. Yay! Another KBer here. I'll email you my chapter now. Thanks for the heads up. :D

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  11. Great contest idea, Cheryl,

    I'd love to have a go at this.

    Elizabeth Guizzetti
    (Other Systems)

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  12. Great Idea! I'll email my chapter.

    Keri Knutson

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  13. Yay! I'm sending you an email right now! :)

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  14. I saw your link on KB. Thanks for being so generous. Email on the way.

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  15. From KB, I'm in. :)

    -Jez Strider

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  16. Another KB addict - er, member. ;) Emailing you now!

    Thanks for the great opportunity!

    ~Cate

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  17. I'd love you to comment on my chapter one - thank you !

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    1. Whoops! I was too eager and didn't read all the criteria ! Mine isn't published so regretfully I ask that yoh ignore it

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  18. I think I made the cut. Thanks.

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  19. Hi Cheryl - saw the KB post. Thanks for doing this. Emailing now.

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  20. What a great offer, Cheryl. Thanks--I'm in :)

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  21. Nice idea, I'll send one too. Can't wait to see who wins. :-)

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  22. This is awesome! I hope i'm one of the first 50 :)

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  23. Excellent contest! Another KBer visiting to enter. Hope I made the cutoff! Thanks!
    Ann

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  24. I am hoping to enter. Thanks for doing this.

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  25. OK, I'm in! Thanks for posting this on Twitter.

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  26. I'm in. Sending and thanks for posting. T.K.

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  27. Looking forward to entering. GR8 way to give back & support others. I'll retweet your post @Kankan929. Have a great weekend!

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  28. Egads...your comment allowance, doesn't give the option for name/url, so I used my gmail which is under NYA NICKS (aka Kandie Delley @Kankan929) for any confusion. I just submitted mine. Thanks again for this outlet!

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  29. I would like to enter. Thanks very much,

    Chris Ward

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  30. Well, the counter at the top said 39 entrants, so I must be 40, and therefore eligible to enter! What' fun. I've never done anything like this.

    By purest happenstance, should anyone read this note, Lady Grace: A Thrilling Adventure in the Embrace of Epic Love, is FREE ON AMAZON KINDLE TOMORROW, AUGUST 5TH & MONDAY, Aug. 6th. Search "Lady Grace Sandy Nathan" on Kindle and you'll go right to it. Lady Grace has been called "Modern Sci-fi Masterpiece" by J. Chambers, Amazon #41 reviewer.

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  31. My entry is on its way. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  32. I think what you are doing is amazing. I'm sending my first chapter right away. Thanks.

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  33. Count me in! By the way, I love your work!!

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  34. Can I join in? My entry too is on the way!

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