East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Winners: Published Books
July 11, 2016
THE EAST TEXAS WRITERS GUILD is proud to announce the winners for Category I, published works, of its second annual First Chapter Book Awards.
According to Roger Middleton, president of the Guild, “We received a far greater number of entries this year, and they came from as far away as Great Britain and Canada, as well as from noted authors across the United States from New York and Florida to California and Washington. Included were many authors who have attained bestseller status from U. S. A. Today and Amazon. According to judges, the writing, across all genres, was at an extremely high level with only a minimal amount of points separating the entries from top to bottom.”
Each entry was judged by three different judges from a panel representing editors, authors, educators, librarians, independent bookstore owners, and avid readers.
Judges reported that the critical and overriding factor in determining the winners centered on both the hook at the beginning of the book and the cliffhanger at the end of the First Chapter. In most cases, the determining factor was: Will the first chapter make me want to read the rest of the book?
The first and second place winners, as well as all finalists, will all receive digital badges which can be placed on the covers of eBooks, printed and placed on paper books, or added to Websites, blog sites, Facebook accounts, Twitter accounts, or emails. The badges may be used in any way the author chooses to showcase and promote or market his or her book.
Finalists for each genre are not listed in any particular order.
First Place: Romance
Beauty and the Recluse
Second Place: Romance
Saving the Children
Love is the Bridge
Secrets of the Heart
The Tides of Mississippi
First Place: Mystery/Thriller
James R. Callan
A Silver Medallion
Second Place: Mystery/Thriller
The Girl Who Watched over Dreams
N. M. Cedeno
For the Children’s Sake
JoAnn Smith Ainsworth
Flight to Nowhere
First Place: Nonfiction/Memoir
Karen Snead Partee
Wandering in the Wilderness-A Journey of Me, My Son, and His ADHD.
Second Place: Nonfiction/Memoir
Under the Nazi Heel
Lillie: A Motherless Child
Sara Marie Hogg
First Place: Historical Fiction
Legacy of Hunger
Second Place: Historical Fiction
The New Romantics
Finalists: Historical Fiction
Accidents of Birth
C. Wayne Dawson
The Darkness that Could Be Felt
S. Martin Shelton
First Place: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Phyllis Zimbler Miller
Road to Zanzica
Second Place: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Susan A. Royal
Xander’s Tangled Web
Finalist: Science Fiction/Fantasy
King Tut & The Plagues of Egypt
FIRST AND SECOND PLACE WINNER, AS WELL AS FINALISTS OF CATEGORY II WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON VENTURE GALLERIES ON TUESDAY.