Q: Will you keep the names of the authors to yourself until after the contest is judged?
A: Yes. As before, I will not be posting who wrote what until after the contest is judged; that way no one can be bias – unless you and a bunch of your close friends are all entering at the same time, but that just might get confusing. :D However, I will need either the title of your book in progress, or the title of the first chapter that you send me in order for readers (and myself) to distinguish what is what.
Also, just like before, the contest will be judged by my readers. A poll will be put up on October 30th, which should give everyone enough time to read all the entries. The poll will remain open until November 15th, so if you want friends and family to vote, let them know that they need to do so before the 11/15 or their votes might not count! Also, please be fair to the other participants and try to read at least a few of the other chapters... this will make it fun, entertaining, and fair for all. :D
Q: Can I submit just my prologue or do I have to submit the real first chapter too?
A: Well... this is a "First Chapter" contest. I know what it's like to have a bad first chapter, but don't worry so much about it. For one thing ALL FIRST CHAPTERS ARE BAD ONES until the publisher deems them otherwise. And the writer is always their own worst critic. We are picky by nature; I'm still picking on SOTD, and I just sent the manuscript off! So, even if you believe that your chapter isn't good enough, I ask that you please note that I've given everyone until the 25th of October before anything really needs to be submitted. That's a whole month away! I appreciate early submissions of course, but I know what it's like to be a finicky writer... and YOU KNOW what you want your first chapter to be like. If you think you will drastically change the first chapter later, then fine -- if you think you can't send it in because it's still just concept, that's ok; we don't have to know all that. But we would still like to read your chapter. So yes, please send in your first chapter with your prologue, and try not to worry too much about it. While there will be prizes at the end, this contest is mostly just for FUN! :D
Q: What are the prizes? Will they be the same as last time?
A: Yes… mostly. The First Place Winner will have a page completely dedicated to showcasing their work on “The Pen and Parchment”, AND they will also have a choice between two books (which I will talk about in a minute). The Second Place Winner will receive the book that wasn’t chosen by the first.
When I posted before, I wasn’t sure which books I would have up for grabs, but I have decided now and they are both amazing! The pictures I have aren't the greatest, but here...
The First one is "Submerged" by Alton Gansky:
As senior project manager for his father's construction firm, Perry Sachs has helped build top secret military installations around the world. Now he learns a secret beyond his imagination - one on which his father's life depends.
Forty years before, Henry Sachs and a small group of scientists had studied a mysterious underground base not built by the U.S. government - nor any other country, as far as the experts could tell. Concerned by the unexplainable complex on American soil, authorities flooded the site to prevent its creators from ever returning.
Now, Henry and members of his team are falling, one by one, to a strange, deadly illness. When Perry hears his father whisper the name "Lake Lloyd," he and his team begin a desperate search - for the exact location of Henry's secret mission, for the cause and cure of his condition, and for answers to the decades-old questions Henry has kept hidden inside.
Will Perry's faith carry him through this quest - or will the realities of Lake Lloyd prove to be his undoing?
This is a book you will read all the way through. I couldn't even put it down! It was amazing to the very end. Alton Gansky has written a numerous amount of Christian suspense novels and "Submerged" is no exception. I have no doubt that whoever gets this book will love it!
The second book is "Dragon Rider" by Cornelia Funke, author of the "Ink trilogy" the first of which, "Inkheart" was turned into a motion picture. She is also the author of "The Thief Lord" and quite a few other books.
Fire Drake, Ben, and their fury friend, Sorrel are in search of the mythical place where dragons can live in peace forever. Together they embark on a journey that takes them to magical lands where they meet marvelous creatures - and one ruthless villain. Along the way they will discovers allies in odd places, courage they didn't know they had, and a hidden destiny that changes everything.
"Dragon Rider" is fast paced and filled with action and fun. It's pretty thick, but the reading is relatively easy and you certainly won't regret picking it up! I have read several of Mrs. Funke's books: the Ink Trilogy is, by far, some of my favorite books ever, but "Dragon Rider" and "The Thief Lord" are not far behind. While this isn't necessarily a Christian book, Mrs. Funke definitely knows who she's writing for: all of her books are written extremely well and are very fun, very clean reads. If you haven't already, you WILL fall in love with her writing!
So those are the prizes: you could hardly ask for better! Both copies have been read before, but they are in EXTREMELY GOOD condition -- practically like new.
So tell your writing friends about it, AND DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY! Send in your first chapter, even if you're not sure about it. At least you'll have a chance. And who knows, you might win! :D