Captivating Opening Contest 2017



It is generally accepted that, nowadays, and particularly in the ebook market, the most important component of a novel is its opening – an author needs to get the reader immersed and on board from the start or they will quickly move on to the next (free) preview available on book sites such as Amazon's. And this was the case even before the advent of electric publishing. In bookstores, many readers will open the book and read the first few paragraphs before either opting to buy or putting it back on the shelf.

The 2016 contest revealed a good mix of exciting new and established authors, and so our editor Stef McDaid, who judges this annual contest, is looking forward to reading this year's entries. Previous entrants can submit their entries, new or old, again.

The prize, comprising a 5-day PREMIUM book promotion package, has kindly been sponsored by the #1 Book promotion service TweetYourBooks.com which comprises 100 Tweets per day to a network of over 1 MILLION (value $199) and they are also generously awarding 2 runners up prizes of a 30-day book promo of 10 tweets per day (on offer at the moment for only $45!) ~ click HERE for more details and info on their deals, which start at just $10.


We are also awarding a winner's prize of an "Editor's Choice" article on WriteIntoPrint.com, which attracts around 55,000 readers per month. In addition to this, your book cover and link to your sales page or website will be added to our sidebar for three months (usu. $297) and will also be included in our exclusive Bookstore – for at least a year!



The book must be on Amazon Kindle to qualify.

The entry process is simple: In the comments field below, post the Book Title and Author name of your novel, or one you recommend, and Stef will read the opening on Amazon's LOOK INSIDE preview feature. Also supply your Twitter username, if you have one. Previous entrants may apply. Just one book per author, please (Stef will only read the first one listed.) All genres are eligible.

There is no point in multiple posting, or even recommending one already entered, because the object is to get Stef to read the opening (this is not a vote-oriented contest). Closing date for submissions is September 30th 2017, the winner to be announced (here and on Twitter) in October and featured on WriteIntoPrint.com in November. The  prizes can be used at any time after the contest ends. For nominated entries, the prizes and adjudication are subject to the author's approval, of course.

Keep it simple in the comments field: just state the Book Title, Author Name, Twittername – Stef will ignore any blurb, including on Amazon, and will get straight to reading the opening in Amazon's preview.

DO NOT PASTE THE AMAZON LINK INTO THE COMMENTS OR WE WILL DELETE THE ENTRY

No correspondence will be entered into, so no daft questions, please...and please don't post your email in our comments field unless you love being spammed by third parties. Stef will either contact the winner direct via Twitter or email, or invite the winner to contact us via our email address when the winner is announced by @TweetYourBooks and @WriteIntoPrint.

Good Luck!

Please Tweet and G+1 the competition below :-)

(and then scroll down the page until you reach the Comments field)

150 comments:

  1. For Her by Kimberly Forrest @KForrestAuthor

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  2. BOHEMIAN GOSPEL by Dana Chamblee Carpenter @danaccarpenter

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  3. Princess by Holly Martin @Princess33Holly

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  4. A Life, Well... Lived!
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    Gillian Jackson
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    Beth McCue
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  7. "The Magus" Book 1 from the Series "A Chronicle of Rebirth"
    J.M. Fletcher and J.P. Fletcher
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    Michael & Thomas Foley
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  10. Easton Harvest
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    Ken Stark
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  13. Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae.
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  17. Olivia and The Mush - a Tale of Two Cats
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  21. Darkly Dreaming, Book 1 of The Darkly Vampire Trilogy. Chloe Hammond. @chloehammond111

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  29. MANAGERS IN DISGUISE-LEADERS IN DISGUST by Robert E. Wood @leadersndisgust

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  36. Don't Give Up...Live Life to the Fullest by Catherine Wilborn-Dowd @catdowd1

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    The Altered: Subsist by Donise Sheppard @donise_sheppard

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  64. Eye of a Needle: And other stories by Cornelia Fick
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