Stories now available for reading in the Just One Bite Contest!

Well, this is it. I just got the details to today for the Just One Bite contest on the All Romance website.Β  My M/M paranormal romance story is called “Bite the Dust”.

I’m a little nervous about this whole thing! The voting is going to be held in a sort of tournament style fashion: five rounds where the stories are pitted against each other in a death match. I’ve never participated in anything quite like this before!

All Romance is opening up the site for reading only at this time. All 32 stories are posted so that you may begin reading them. Voting begins October 1, 2011. Only a certain number of stories make it to the next round. You can find all the details here! Follow the URL below, as I didn’t snag the code to click on the pic and have it take you there…

Page Opens for Reading Only: September 22 (32 titles)
VOTING
Round 1: Oct 1-7 (32 titles)
Round 2: October 8 – 14 (16 titles)
Round 3: October 15 – 21 (8 titles)
Round 4: October 22 – 28 (4 titles)
Round 5: October 29 – 31 (2 titles)

Opening and closing of voting will be according to US/Central time

The URL for the contest page is below. You must be logged in to your ARe account to see the brackets and vote. If you don’t have an account, the page will prompt you to create one.

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/contest_just_one_bite.html

6 thoughts on “Stories now available for reading in the Just One Bite Contest!

  1. This kind of tournament doesn’t appear to be all that fair, much depends on luck… Anyway, I liked your story and put a vote in.

    • It does, doesn’t it? If you get paired with a really tough (good) story to begin with, you might not make it out of the first round, when your story otherwise deserves to go further. I also kind of wish that the voting numbers weren’t visible to everyone–I think that influences some people subconsciously to vote for the story with the higher numbers–just because everyone else has!

      If I do make it out of this round, I’m going to personally have a hard time rallying the cry to get people to vote for my story in each successive round. I’ve decided that I will simply remind people the next round is open (lord knows I need as many reminders as possible for these kinds of things) and leave it at that… πŸ™‚

  2. Yes, exactly. It reminds me a bit of some of soccer championships :).

    I’m rooting for you, but I don’t think that an eventual “not optimal” voting result really reflects on your story, especially with the few people participating as voters. Optimal results though do reflect the greatness of the story of course πŸ˜‰

    • Exactly–like a soccer championship! Unfortunately, I’m up against Man U this time and I’m not exactly in the Premiere league. πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for voting–you’re going to help prevent it from being a total shut out!

      • I didn’t like the “Man United” story all that much, though I’ll admit to being biased going in :). I still think the voting system isn’t a good indicator of the story’s worth, and it’s really a small group voting there, that makes it even more unbalanced. When I voted in the first round, there where something like 10 votes for your pair on the last day of the round, it went up a bit after that, but still.

        There is no way this is a shutout, you have a respectable number of readers voting for you already. If your competitor gets more than you, well, go her. You’ve still got more than 100.

        I feel a bit silly trying to convince you not to be sad while 1. round II. did not end yet; 2. I guess you are much better at handling feed-back related stress than I can hope for and don’t need it. So please take this as an overall sing of my appreciation for you as an author and an obviously nice person, I’m fumbling but meaning well πŸ™‚

        And yay for your new stories!

        • I’m having the Dickens of a time replying to this post tonight!

          Aw, thank you! That is really sweet of you to say! I admit, I’m a bit disappointed that the story didn’t make it further in the rounds, but I was realistic about its overall chances–short stories are NOT my forte! πŸ™‚

          I entered mostly to see if I could tell an effective story in 3 K words or less (man, that’s harder than it looks!) and to get a little more exposure for myself as a new author. Hopefully, I met those goals!

          It’s sweet of you to be supportive in this though, and I really appreciate it. πŸ™‚

          I put in 1800 words on the sequel to Unspeakable Words today, and I feel like I’ve got a strong beginning, so fingers crossed that I’ll have a rough draft by the end of the year. Lots of snow days would help!

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