Over at gather.com the second round of the contest has started. Amid much hullabaloo, the 20 chosen out of 2,800 entries have moved on and will be available for voting until April 25th.
To those that entered the contest and didn’t make it ahead, much success to you on getting your novels published elsewhere, and to those that are in the top 20–much luck to you in the competition!
I received this e-mail from Eric D. Goodman, among the 20 to move ahead, and will pass it along here:
From Eric D. Goodman:
First, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to read, rate, and comment on chapter one of TRACKS in the novel contest called “American Idol” for writers by the New York Times. The winner gets a book contract with Simon and Schuster!
Second, I’d like to share my good news …
Out of more that 2,800 entries, only 20 chapters were selected to move on to round two.
TRACKS, my novel in stories, was one of them!
A press release with our names and chapters will hit the newspapers tomorrow. But I wanted to let you know first.
And I’d like to ask you to help me make it to round three.
Just read and rate chapter two, “A Good Beer Needs a Good Stein.” Since this is a novel in stories, you can read chapter two without having read chapter one first.
If you’ve already joined Gather, just log in with your username and password.
If not, it only takes a minute to register. You can do so at www.gather.com.
Then, go to this link where you can read and rate TRACKS:
Rate it on a scale of one to 10 on the bar between the text and the comments. The closer to the right of the bar, the better.
And feel free to leave a comment, too!
Thanks again for your support — and wish me luck!
P.S. Here’s the announcement from Gather, in case you’d like to read it.