Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chapter One Submissions: October

 
***THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO SUBMITTED THEIR FIRST CHAPTER IN OCTOBER. SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED, BUT CHECK BACK THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER 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 20,000 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 September 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? Because once upon a time someone held my hand and showed me the way, and now I want to pay it forward.  One of my favorite things to do is promote up-and-coming authors. 


Best of luck to everyone!

54 comments:

  1. Hello. I would like to enter your contest. Thank you.

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  2. I would like to enter as well! *Pouts* I would have been first but I needed a google plus account.

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  3. Hi, I would love to enter this contest. My first novel, "Riverbend, which is book 1 of a 3 part series will be released on Smashwords on Friday, October 5th!!! I have emailed you the first chapter!

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  4. I would love to enter your contest. Thank you. I am emailing you the chapter.

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  5. Thank you so much for hosting this contest! Will email my chapter today.

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  6. That's remarkably generous of you. Thanks so much.

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    1. My computer won't let me see your email address to send my chapter - could you let me have it either at cameronlawton899@gmail.com please?

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    2. cherylbradshawbooks@yahoo.com If you hover over EMAIL with your cursor, it shows in a tiny box at the bottom of the page.

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  7. Hi Cheryl, this is a wonderful thing you're doing, thank you so much! I'll email Chapter 1 today!
    Ted

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  8. Thanks for such a great opportunity!

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  9. Hi Cheryl
    Cool idea and much appreciated. I'll send my first chapter today ... why, I might even do it right now!

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  10. Dear. Cheryl,
    This is very kind of you. Chapter One posted today. Many thanks

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  11. Hi Cheryl,

    I will send the first chapter right away, enjoy.

    JB

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  12. Hi Cheryl: What a generous idea! Thanks so much.

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  13. Cheryl

    OK. I'll be sending you my first chapter. Thanks!!

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  14. Cheryl, I would love to be in on this! Thanks for the chance... Sam

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  15. Wow, what a great idea this is. Thank you!

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  16. Cheryl, This sounds great! I'd love to do it.
    Hayley Linfield

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  17. Cheryl, Sounds like a great opportunity. Count me in!

    Thanks,

    MaryJane

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  18. Very nice contest! I'm sending the first chapter of The Money Bird, forthcoming sequel to Drop Dead on Recall, the first Animals in Focus mystery. Now go write, because judging by the response here, you some reading coming your way! :-)

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  19. This sounds interesting! I'll email you the first piece from my collection of short fiction and nonfiction, but I'm having the same issue as Ailsa (can't access your email address). Please could you send it to me at scottishredridinghood@hotmail.com - if I find it elsewhere on your blog in the meantime, I'll be sure to let you know.
    Thanks, Gill

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  20. Cheryl,
    Many thanks for this! I'll send you the first chapter of GHOSTS ON THE RED LINE, which describes what happens when commuters see their Departed on Boston's Red Line trains. My second novel, THE TRAIL OF MONEY (about money laundering and murder in Hong Kong), will be published in a week or so... maybe in November I'll be able to share Ch1 from that one as well. Thanks, Peter

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  21. This sounds so intriguing! Thanks for the opportunity. :)

    Donna

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  22. I would love to enter! This contest is such a great idea--I only wish I had enough published novels to participate every month. ;)

    Before I email my chapter to you, I have a question. If the book has a prologue, do you want us to send you the prologue or the literal chapter 1? If our first chapter is multiple scenes, do you just want the first scene? I just noticed that the last two months' winners were only one scene (or, at least, you only blogged the first scene), so I wanted to ask. Thanks!

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    1. Send me the first scene of chapter one, thanks!

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  23. Thanks for the opportunity to promote our work.

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  24. Nice endeavor. Hope all goes well.

    Ben Campbell
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BM7U4O

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  25. Great idea and very generous of you. Thank you! Will email chapter today.

    Samantha van Dalen

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  26. What a great offer, thank you. Will email my chapter today. (I assume it's open to all genres?) Thanks again.

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  27. Cheryl,
    Cool idea - I'm going to send you something.
    John
    http://www.jhkavanagh.com/current/

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  28. Cheryl,

    I'd like to enter.

    ~T.L. Gray
    http://www.tlgray.net

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  29. Oh, I'm definitely IN! Thanks for running this. *X-ing my fingers*.

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  30. Hi Cheryl, I'd love to enter if that is ok?

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  31. Cheryl, this is a wonderful opportunity. I'm sending my chapter. Thanks! Lea

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  32. Hi cracking idea,

    Bill Carson.
    www.billcarsonbooks.com

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  33. I'd like to enter as well! Vertigo was published last month.

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  34. I would love to enter your contest

    David Carner

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  35. ME TOO! thanks Cheryl for your effort, kindness, and WORK! My first chater for your contest is on the way.

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  36. Hi Cheryl, Thanks for the opportunity! I'll email you my first chapter of Alibi's Ghosts, The Larger-Than-Life Small World of a Medium's Daughter.

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  37. Hi, Cheryl, this is an awesome opportunity. I'll send you the first chapter of the book soon to be released.

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  38. Hey there! I'll email across my first chapter of 'Prisms'. Thanks for this, it's so awesome that you're supporting so many authors.

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  39. Thanks for this great opportunity, I think that I just made it in under the wire. I will send along the first chapter of my book "The Dog Days of Thereafter" shortly

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  40. Looks like there are 46 comments, which means you still have a few spots left. I will send my first chapter. Thanks for posting, this is a great idea.

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  41. Thank you for this unique opportunity. I have sent you the first chapter of FLOWERS, my first full length novel, that is very near completion! Thanks again, and I look forward to more tweets from you. -JASON

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  42. Great interview. Lucky to be #49. Sending "Released" (The Shapeshifters' Library Book One.

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  43. I would be honored to have someone read my first chapter and give me their thoughts! Kelly Duff

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