aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
aprilhenry
aprilhenry

Do you have a killer book idea?

Well, you'll need more than an idea. You'll also need a 1,000-3,000 word synposis and the first 5,000-10,000 words. And then you can enter it in Court TV's Search for the Next Great Crime Writer contest to promote a show called Murder by the Book. The contest ends November 27.

You'll be judged on (i) 25% story concept and structure, (ii) 25% communication ability/writing style, (iii) 20% originality, (iv) 15% character development, and (v) 15% usage of the mystery/crime platform.

Grand prize is $1,000 plus the possibility to sign a $1,000 contract with Judith Regans' Harper Collins imprint.

Pluses:
- Like her or hate her, Judith Regan is a legend for a reason and she will probably help you get tons of publicity. It could truly be the start of a big career.
- No fee to enter the contest.
- With an advance of $1,000, you'll earn it back really, really fast.

MInuses:
- $1,000 for an advance is not much money. A few years ago, an article in the NY Times said the average advance for a first time mystery writer was $5,000 to $7,000, so this is even less than that small amount.
- Even once you earn back your advance, with the way publishers monkey with royalty statements, you won't see it for a while.

I could be wrong, but I think as contests go, it's not half bad.



site stats

Subscribe with
JacketFlap's
Children's
Publishing
Blog Reader
Tags: next great crime writer
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 7 comments