Authors! Here’s a chance to show what you’ve got!
Readers! Connect with new voices!
And Maybe Win a Fabulous Prize!
"New Fiction Engine is all about matching great books with readers who would totally stay up all night devouring them if they only knew they existed. We want NFE to become a place where readers come looking for great writing, and where great writers come looking for readers. With that in mind...
We’re playing the OPEN BOOK CHALLENGE! An easy and fun way for authors to show off their work, and for readers to find something new they’ll love.”
You can read all about the OBC HERE or just jump in and start playing right now.
Welcome to the Open Book Challenge! From June 25th-July 26th, and through several thrilling rounds of play, the Open Book Challenge will be hosted by... me, Stephen T. Harper, author of the book up there in the top right corner, and now, rather suddenly, gameshow host.
Before we kick off Round 1, don’t forget there is a FABULOUS PRIZE at stake - a $25 Gift Certificate from Amazon - and you'll need to register for the game to be eligible to win. Don’t worry, it’s as easy as following this blog (actually, it IS following this blog).
All set? Okay, good.
I’m going to walk us through game play (it’s very easy), but if you want a full explanation and all the details, click that link above or the Open Book Game tab at the top of the blog.
If you are still here and ready to play, lets go.
The scene: You are a Book Lover who just picked up a book you never heard of. First sentence is intriguing. First paragraph too. But a great read must be great all the way through, on every page, even a random one. Open a book anywhere and start reading. You don’t know the characters, but can you see what’s happening? Can you feel it? Do you want to read more?
Using a pair of dice and the honor system... the randomly selected page number is... 257.
Now I’m looking on page 257 of “King’s X” (a digital file)... now I'm selecting the best paragraph... copy and paste... and...
"De Buci’s body hung in the desert air for a moment before toppling like felled living wood into the sand. St. Ives stood at the ready, his sword stained at its heart by a swath of fresh crimson. He returned his stare to the center of his enemy’s chest, unmoved but for the prickling flesh at the back of his neck."
Now it’s your turn. You are an Author and we are Book Lovers looking for something awesome. Go to your book, (published, unpublished, work in progress, it doesn’t matter, just show us what you’ve got!) turn to page 257* and give us the best paragraph you see in the comments section below.
Readers, you don’t need to have written a book to play. Comment on what you see and and you score points toward the Fabulous Prize. (Be nice, it takes a bit of courage to post).
*If your book has fewer than 257 pages, use page 157. Or 57. Or 7. The point is to honor the element of randomness, it doesn’t matter how long the work is.
Ready? Set? Go!