The first chapter of my novel, Michael Drayton, Detective Guy, is up on the First Chapters Writing Contest pages on Gather.com. Anyone who is interested is welcome to read the first chapters of manuscripts and rate them. You just have to sign up for a gather.com membership, which is free. Decisions concerning the first round will be announced on April 3rd.
My advice to one and all is to vote your heart if you vote at all. I’m not going to check either my ratings or any comments, since the possibility of being terribly hurt far outweighs the chance that I won’t.
The guidelines for voting read as follows:
All members who vote in the Competition as well as the Grand Prize judging panel must consider the following criteria equally when judging: 1) Quality of writing (including grammar and spelling); 2) Author’s ability to engage the reader; 3) Originality of the author’s voice; 4) Potential of the finished book in the marketplace.
I think my story scores well on all four counts, but you can never tell how these things will work out.
Anyway, if you’re interested, go take a look. You don’t have to be a member to just read, only vote, so why not go and see what you think. It might turn out to be worth your while.