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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Contest Time: Debut A Debut

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Begins today!


The book industry faces many challenges. People seem to have less time to read and it's tough to compete with the television and Internet. Any new or aspiring author knows how hard it is to make his or her voice heard amongst the chorus of "publish me!" "Notice me!" "Buy my books!"

In many cultures around the world, Valentine's Day has converted the month of February into the month of love. This February, two aspiring authors are taking their love of reading and their admiration for debut authors and combining them into the "Debut a debut!" contest.

Take a first-time author for a spin on your "To Read in 2007" list and give yourself the chance to win great prizes! Gift certificates to Borders and more!

During the week of 12 Feb through 17 Feb, read a book written by a debut author and post your review by 17 February. Send Susan or Erica the permalink to your review and you will be entered in a drawing for some great prizes.

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Some Rules
A debut author is an author who has had their first novel published between 01/2006 and 02/2007.

Accepted publication types are ebook and in-print novels from established royalty-paying publishers or e-publishers; if you're not sure, e-mail us the name of the publisher. POD, vanity presses, or Publish America books are not considered for this contest.

The contest has officially begun!!!!! Send your links to us either in a comment or in an email!


Reviews can not be previously printed online or in print. The review of a debut author's novel must be posted between the dates of 02/12/2007 - 02/17/2007. Prize drawing will occur 02/19/2007 and winners will be notified via email.

Multiple entries are allowed.

The Prizes
2 randomly drawn participants will receive a $20.00 Borders gift certificate, books, autographed books and more!.

How to Enter
1. Buy, find, or borrow a novel that is an author's debut. (see list of some debut novels at WestofMars.com, West of Mars -- the Meet and Greet, or Writing Aspirations)
Update: Here is a list of some authors and the update to prize list!

2. Read the novel.
3. Write a review. It does not have to be a professional review. Provide a brief plot synopsis and then mention your likes or dislikes or other thoughts you had while reading.
4. Post the review online - either on a website or blog.
5. Send the permalink of the post to West of Mars or Writing Aspirations in an email message or post a comment to the main contest post with a link to your review.

Remember, the review is to be completed and posted during the week of 02/12/2007 - 02/17/2007.

A post will be created on West of Mars and Writing Aspirations with links to all book reviews submitted.

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Authors
Don't miss your chance to get some press! West of Mars and Writing Aspirations are in the process of gathering your names and titles to help our contest entrants find great books to read. Please send us links to your website, or just your name and the title of your debut novel that was published between 1 January 2006 and 1 February 2007. If you have any promotional items -- especially copies of your book -- that you'd like to donate, we'd love to offer them as prizes.

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89 Comments:

Blogger karen! said...

Great idea for a contest!
Now I just need to pick the perfect book for it...

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Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Looks good over here...

I love this idea. I'm glad it came to you, Rash. I'm even more proud to be part of it.

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Anonymous Lswriter said...

As I said over at West Of Mars: fantastic idea!

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Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

Yes. I think it is a good idea...

But new novels never cross my path so I'll have to pass on the contest...

It does, however, bring to mind something I've been thinking about for a bit, and that is the notion (or thought) that reputable publishers are about to crash and burn.

Readers will be given new choices for "reading", and online printing will take over.

Scary and profound and a pinnacle worth noting.

Cheers...

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Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

Yes. I think it is a good idea...

But new novels never cross my path so I'll have to pass on the contest...

It does, however, bring to mind something I've been thinking about for a bit, and that is the notion (or thought) that reputable publishers are about to crash and burn.

Readers will be given new choices for "reading", and online printing will take over.

Scary and profound and a pinnacle worth noting.

Cheers...

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Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Well, Scott, we'll be posting a small list of debut authors as soon as today. That should help you find your way to some new writers.

As for publishing changing, sure it is. But as the choices emerge, it'll get harder to discern the really good stuff from the "It should have gone through a few more drafts before it was published."

By promoting the authors who are using publishers that go through an editorial selection process, we can make an impact on helping readers choose the really good stuff.

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Anonymous she said...

I'm in. Have a great weekend.

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Blogger littlebirdblue said...

I'll post a sidebar link over at my place, y'all. Grassroots power at the literary level, YES!

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Blogger Conor Corderoy said...

OK, my links, www.conorcorderoy.co.uk and also www.arkindra.co.uk , both in need of updating.

What you're doing is great. Well done.

Conor

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Blogger Conor Corderoy said...

Hi, just wondering if I could give you a new link to a website I have created for Dark Rain (Macmillan. On it you can read an extract of the novel - first chapter, in fact - and read the reviews it got when it was published in the UK: Times Literary Suplement, SFX, Dreamwatch and others. The link is: www.darkrain.cc

Thanks again, great site (yours)!

Conor

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