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The Next Big Author!

posted Jun 27, 2011, 8:07 AM by Gordon Doherty   [ updated Jan 27, 2015, 3:41 AM ]
Who will it be? Well the guys at thenextbigauthor.com are hoping to find out in the next month or so. And of course I'm hoping I might be in with a shout!
 
The idea is based on youwriteon.com's review engine. for the month of May all budding authors were encouraged to upload the opening chapters of their new novels, then each author would review another's work and have their own work reviewed in exchange. Based on the review scores, you get a chart placement. If you are in the top 5 at the end of the month then you get your work in front of a top publisher and a critique from a top author. Nice!
 
I saw this as an excellent opportunity for early feedback on my forthcoming novel Strategos, and sent in my best draft of its opening. It's sitting at 25th in the overall chart, so i'm hoping the chart for this comp will comprise of only the works uploaded for this comp. Here's hoping, fingers crossed ;)
 
UPDATE: well, I didn't win (booo), but I did get some excellent feedback from readers of the hist. fic. genre and those who normally wouldn't read that kind of thing. Hard work, but probably enough reward to say I broke even in the end.