Monday, September 3, 2012

Chapter One Submissions: September

***THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO SUBMITTED THEIR FIRST CHAPTER IN SEPTEMBER.  SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED, BUT CHECK BACK IN OCTOBER FOR THE NEXT CONTEST***
 
 

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 17,000 followers and do a write up about why I chose your novel as my "chapter one" pick of the month. Read about the Chapter One winner for August HERE.

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 must 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!

51 comments:

  1. Hmmmis this for a previously published work (e.g., I've co-authored two books in the past 2 yrs), or for something as-yet unpublished? If published, I'd like to submit the first chapter of the fantasy/sci-fi book I co-authored with a friend.

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  2. I'm in! Sounds awesome. I'll send you an email!

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  5. Hi Cheryl,

    Greetings from Cancun.

    Best Wishes,
    Alex St. Clair

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  6. Hi Cheryl,
    Mary Pat here. I'd love to send you the first chapter of my WIP!
    Thanks :)

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    1. Mary--I am taking published books. Can you send me one of those as well? :)

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  7. Oops, will send a published chapter then!

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  8. Cheryl,

    You know I am in!! Woot, Woogie and Stuff

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  9. What an awesome thing to do for other authors. You are a great example of what Indie Authors Unite is all about. I am going to send you the first chapter of Spare Change along with a smile and a big thank you.

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  10. Darn! I'd love to but I haven't published yet :( I'm guessing this is published authors only?

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    1. Yes, sorry! But please submit once you publish :)

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  11. PS: This is my first contest so count me in!
    Alex

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  12. Did I make it in time. Count me in. Randy Attwood. Randyattwood@hotmail.com

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  13. Sending an e-mail your way :] Thanks for this opportunity!

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  14. Sounds great, Cheryl. One chapter, Chapter One on its way.

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  15. sounds like fun! I'd like to give it a try, if you still have room!

    -T Pryce

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  16. Count me in if i can still be counted!

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  17. I would like to enter! I will email you if still open...

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  18. I would love to enter! Looks like there's still some openings. Thanks for doing this!

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  19. I love your forward thinking, Cheryl!

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  20. That's an amazing idea, Cheryl!

    I'd love to enter, thanks for the opportunity.

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  21. What about short stories/novellas? Love this site by the way and congrats!

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    1. Yes, anything that's published is acceptable :)

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  22. I'd like to enter this as well!

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  23. I saw this via Twitter and would love to enter! Wonderful idea for a contest--thanks so much for hosting!

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  24. Sounds like fun! What an awesome idea :-) Count me in!

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  25. Very nice idea! I only have one published book, and I'm not sure it's my best first chapter, but I shall send it along. :)

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  26. I'd like to be in, but my book is still in the pre-launch stage. As in, I've signed the publishing contract, but that's about it. Does that still count? ;-)

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    1. When will it be published (available)?

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    2. Hmmm, I thought I had replied to this. Trying again - within the next 12 months. So I guess I don't really qualify yet. ;-)

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  27. The first chapter of my crime novel Silent Partner explains why I became an author in the first place. To honor my father and our family and to protect my name and reputation. Thanks for giving indie authors a chance to break free.

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  28. I like this idea! Thank you for hosting! And now I'm off to email you my chapter. :)

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  29. I'm a writer, so I can't count to 50. So I'll send my chapter in anyway because it seems like we're less than 50. You are either a wonderful person or insane. Perhaps both.

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  30. Hi Cheryl. I would like to enter your contest as well.

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  31. Is it over 50? I'd love to join. Thanks.

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