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)

61 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!
    J.T T Fisher
    @Tickfish

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  5. Abduction
    Gillian Jackson
    @GillianJackson7

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  6. Oceans Ending
    Beth McCue
    @oceansending

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  7. "The Magus" Book 1 from the Series "A Chronicle of Rebirth"
    J.M. Fletcher and J.P. Fletcher
    @TheMagusBook1

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  8. With A Bullet by Simon James @langstrathp

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  9. The Night Shanghai
    Michael & Thomas Foley
    @Indialogue66

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  10. Easton Harvest
    By Donna Dolf
    @donnadolf

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  11. Stage 3: Alpha
    Ken Stark
    @PennilessScribe

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  12. Two Thumbs Out
    Peggy Boyd
    @bigtickHK

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  13. Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae.
    Carl R Peterson
    @CarlPeterson5

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  14. Theodore Raymond Riddle and Compu-M.E.C.H., Mechanically Engineered and Computerized Hero, Issue 1
    Theodore Riddle
    @Theodore Riddle

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  15. Fearlessly Alone - Stop the Lonely Crisis and Find Your Happy
    Trilby Johnson
    @connectivebody

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  16. For Their Sins
    R. Tran
    @RTranbooks

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  17. Olivia and The Mush - a Tale of Two Cats
    Marie Lopez
    @oliviamush

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  18. Like Ants on the Bottom of the Abyss
    Drukell B. Trahan
    @drutrahan

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  19. Tiny Plate, Tiny Waist; Haley Erin Miller; @ttinywaist

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  20. At Home in the Pays d'Oc
    Patricia Feinberg Stoner
    @perdisma

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  21. Darkly Dreaming, Book 1 of The Darkly Vampire Trilogy. Chloe Hammond. @chloehammond111

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  22. Lunatic: Extreme Horror, Crime Novel: Cellar of Horror, Monster in the Dark

    Richard Porter

    @Playerrich33

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  23. Clifford and Claudia by James Halat
    Twitter: @jimjimtomo

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  24. Yocto-----Timothy Jon Reynolds-----masterofwritng

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  25. Duet
    Jordan Shawntrece Reid
    @ReidingJordan

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  26. The Lazy Dog and the Quick Fox in Holochromatic Color
    Rebecca Rose Orton
    @rebaorton

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  27. Fallen Star by Ian Barker @IanDBarker

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  28. The Worst Man on Mars
    Mark Roman and Corben Duke
    @Corben_Duke

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

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  30. Broken Revelations: Horsemen Rising

    Albert Scott

    @BrokenRev

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  31. Leap of Faith by Jackie Keswick @jackiekeswick

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  32. Intimidated By Love by Melody S.
    @melodytheauthor

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  33. Heir Non-Apparent by Leonie Holmes @leonie_holmes

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  34. Project Emergence by Jamie Zakian
    @demoness333

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  35. Master by Catherine Taylor @NZEroticAuthor

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

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  37. The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Curse
    By Diane Moat
    @DianeMoatAuthor

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  38. Native Earth by Mark Reps
    @markreps1

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  39. Luna the butterfly by Laura burnett' illustration by Dylan Grey
    @witchway30

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  40. Fiancée Forgery by Elle Viviani @elleviviani

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  41. Donise Sheppard10 July 2017 at 13:40

    The Altered: Subsist by Donise Sheppard @donise_sheppard

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  42. Gerald and the amulet of Zonrach by Carl Hackman @carlhackman

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  43. Incognito by Jennifer Leigh @boundtowriting

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  44. When Jack the Ripper Met Ben Hur by William Russo

    @ossurworld

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  45. Out of the Shadows (A Detective Amy Sadler Mystery: Book One)
    Michelle Arnold
    @Berry2120

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  46. Moroda by L L McNeil, @LLMcNeilAuthor

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  47. The NecroNomNomNomicon: Cookbook of the Dead by Felix Galvan
    @Prof_Porkchop

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  48. Hounded Ellie Douglas
    @AuthorEllie

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  49. Dragonsbane Nick Bolock
    @nickbolock

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  50. Son of the World Raymond Newsome
    @rayvenhollow

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  51. Giselda the witch by J S Rumble
    @JSRumbleAuthor

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  52. The Placebo Effect, April Cronin, @amcronin87

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  53. Junia by Mercedes Prunty @MercedesPrunty

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  54. Intimidated By Love by @Melodytheauthor

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  55. Unconditionally by Nell Iris. @nellirisauthor

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  56. Glory on Mars
    Kate Rauner
    @katerauner

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  57. Delivery Failure by Alexander Morris. @LAMDA_AM

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  58. The Guardians
    by Sue Harmeling
    @HarmelingSue

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  59. A Climbing Stock
    by Andrew Hiller
    @AndrewHiller

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  60. The Grumpface
    BCR Fegan
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  61. The Army of Orphans: The Beginning
    by F.B.Veneziano
    @fbveneziano1

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