This is 3 contests in one. Here are the rules:
1. GUESS WHICH EDITOR IS WHICH
Do this by leaving a comment. BUT WAIT! It's more than just placing your guess. YOU WILL ALSO LEAVE THE TITLE, GENRE, and FIRST SENTENCE of your POLISHED NOVEL along with your guess.
So, your comment will look something like this:
Ghosts Are Scary/YA Horror: If it weren't for the bloody footprints, I'd have thought it was a dream.
You may leave a guess (along with your title/genre/sentence) under each of the 8 editor pictures.
At the end of the contest, each editor will read through the comments under his or her picture and choose his or her FAVORITE FIRST SENTENCE. That author will be invited to submit the first 250 words to me. I will post the 8 (or fewer, if some editors choose the same entries) first pages on the blog the following week, and the editors who chose them will CRITIQUE THEM ON THE BLOG. (Each editor will critique the page that he or she chose.) All blog readers will also be invited to critique the pages.
THE MORE PRIZES:
Yes, there's more! If you don't want to enter your first sentence, YOU DON'T HAVE TO. Simply leave your guess (an editor's name) in the comment box. When the contest closes, ALL entries will be entered into a random drawing for PRIZES FROM THE EDITORS! (You guessed it--BOOKS!) You do not have to enter a first sentence to be entered into the drawing. You may enter once under each of the 8 photos.
2. VOTE FOR THE MOST ADORABLE EDITOR
This will be done via email. Once the photos are live, you may begin to email your votes to me at facelesswords(at)gmail.com. DO NOT PUT ANYTHING INTO THE BODY OF THE EMAIL. Simply put the post number in your subject line. This will make tallying the votes much easier.
The MOST ADORABLE EDITOR will win an exclusive (and maybe even juicy) interview on the blog. Nothing like picking the brain of an editor, yes?
Stacy Abrams, Entangled Publishing
Kat Brzozowski, Thomas Dunne Books
Claire Evans, Dial Books for Young Readers and Kathy Dawson Books
Greg Ferguson, Egmont USA
T.S. Ferguson, Harlequin
Gabrielle Harbowy, Dragon Moon Press
Sara Sargent, Harper Collins
Peter Senftleben, Kensington
Alison Weiss, Egmont USA
Brett Wright, Bloomsbury