Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Chapter One Submissions: November

***THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO SUBMITTED THEIR FIRST CHAPTER IN NOVEMBER. SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED, BUT CHECK BACK THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER 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 October 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!

57 comments:

  1. The name of my novel is The Game Called Revolution, BTW.

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  2. I love the idea of this contest! Count me in. :)

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  3. Hi!
    I'll try with my new release, "My Sore Hush-a-Bye". I love this contest!

    Sending it right now! :)

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    1. Don't know why it says "Unknown"... I'm Renata F. Barcelos, by the way! :)

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  4. Wow, I love this idea. Thanks for paying-it-forward with such a great contest. I'm getting ready to submit the first chapter of WEATHERING ROCK my time travel romance right now. Many thanks!

    Mae Clair

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  5. I'd love to participate!! Awesome contest!

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  6. Great contest! I'd like to participate but are there any word limits or genre restrictions?

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    1. Any genre is welcome, any word count. The book just needs to be published. Thanks!

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  7. I would love to participate!! This is exciting!!

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  8. I will enter the first chapter of my short story. It is too short :) I hope it counts. This contest is amazing.

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  9. It's worth a shot. Not like I'm doing amazingly well with promoting my books lately haha. Sending my faerie tale epic fantasy in!

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  10. Sure, I'll play... :) Chapter 1 of GHOST WRITER coming your way in a few minutes.

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    1. Not sure what's happening...clicked on your EMAIL ADDRESS link above and it opened the Firefox installation wizard...huh? Has the e-mail addy been hijacked?

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    2. Can't access the email address either :(

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    3. Works just fine for me when I click on it. cherylbradshawbooks at yahoo (you know the rest)

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  11. Thanks for doing this! Will send it though tonight.

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  12. Love this idea!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  14. I'll play! If you're still accepting! :) My book is Thought I Knew You. Thanks!!

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  15. Okay, I want in. Are you still accepting? My book is called The Book of John. Thank you!

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  16. Just latched onto this via Twitter. Count me in - great idea. Chapter 1 of my legal/political suspense Sackcloth Ashes & Penance will follow imminently (and anyone else interested in the meantime can check out my blogsite for another couple of excerpts).

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  17. I see 30 replies as of this moment, so I'm in!

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  18. Judging by the excerpt I've just read, I'm well out of my league here but hey, I see I'm number 31, so I'll give it a go and send you the first chapter of my humorous fantasy book, Few Are Chosen.

    Cheers

    MTM

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  19. Cheryl, a great thing you're doing: highly original. We all need a helping hand and you're doing just that. Good luck to you girl.

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  20. I guess I should have counted the previous entries, but a quick glance and some simple math tells me that I am within the first fifty entries.

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  21. Great idea, thanks! Will email mine to you now.
    George

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  22. This sounds like fun! I'd love to participate!

    --Jessica McHugh

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  23. Hey, there. I'd love to enter my YA fantasy. Thanks!

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  24. This is a wonderful idea. I'll send the first chapter to my book this morning.

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  25. Mine will be published later this month, will that work? If so, count me in :-)

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  26. Easy to see why you chose this one! What an exciting opening chapter and what a wonderful idea for a blog, Cheryl.

    I'll be happy to submit one of my first chapters - just to swell the numbers - lol.

    Regards,
    Lyn

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    1. Ok, just sent an email from tapestrywriter@gmail.com. Thanks!!

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  28. I think I'm in time for the first 50. :) Sending Email now.

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  29. I think I've made it. Would love to submit my new horror novel.

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  30. I would love to enter this contest. Hope I'm in time. Thanks!

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  31. Commenting, and (unless I counted wrong) submitting.

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  32. Count me in! Sending Chapter One of WANING MOON, a YA Dystopian I released in September. Hope you like it.

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  33. I would like to enter. My novel is Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemony.

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  34. Yes, please include me. Thanks. I don't use the Anspach part of my name as an author. (Alonna Shaw/Eleven Sundays)

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  35. I hope I'm still under 50! Please include me if I am.

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  36. Re: Ancient Blood. For some reason my name didn't show up in comment. email: xuemertie@gmail.com

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  37. I count 47 entries, but could be wrong. If I'm in the fifty I'd like to be in! INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders by L.Leander

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  38. I'd like to enter. To confirm though, does the prologue count as the first chapter? Email: louisewise3@ntlworld.com

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