2014 Debut Author Challenge Sign Ups!

After taking the year off last year and turning the reins over to Tara at Hobbitsies, the Debut Author Challenge is back home! Tara did a fabulous job hosting but has found that her schedule is too demanding this year. It was sort of a last minute decision to take over again, so I’m a bit behind since I usually have sign ups around Thanksgiving. But no worries, I’m ready to get this going!

I’m still working on all the details, but I wanted to get the sign ups ready to go to see if there was any interest this year.

14debutMy sister made some beautiful buttons, so be sure to snag one of those, or you can always make your own if you want. I am planning on doing monthly prize packs again. I’m not sure what kind of items I’ll be able to get since I’m a bit late getting started but I’m hoping to do at least few $20 gift cards to the bookstore of your choice and some ARCs of debut titles.

Since I’m still getting back into the groove of blogging the challenge is going to be very simple.

Challenge Objectives

  • To introduce reader to the awesomeness of debut authors and their books!
  • To challenge readers to discover and read 12 books by debut authors!

Challenge Rules & Guidelines

  • You must have place to post your thoughts on the books you’ve read for the challenge. Be it a blog, goodreads account, youtube page, tumblr, amazon account, etc.
  • Due to past demand there will be no deadline to join the challenge, but please be sure to give yourself enough time to complete the challenge.
  • The 2014 debuts must be read between January 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015. The extra month is to allow participants time to read December debuts.
  • Each review equals one entry into the monthly prize packs.

Book Guidelines

  • must be a young adult, middle grade or new adult title.
  • must be the authors ya/mg/na debut, released in 2014.*
*If an author has a previously published adult or children’s book and this is their first ya/mg/na title it counts towards the challenge. In addition if an author has a previously self pubbed ya/mg/na and is now with a traditional publisher it counts toward the challenge. Self published debuts do not count toward the challenge at this time.

I’m still working on the spreadsheet. Printable too!

I just started working on the Goodreads list, feel free to check that out and vote for your favorite titles. Beware that anyone can add a title to the listopia… I’ll try to keep the list updated, but double check that the book listed is a debut.

Debut Authors I Need You Too!

If you are an author that would be interested in participating in The Debut Dish, a five question interview, or donating items (bookmarks, pins, postcards, arcs, books, posters, etc.) for the monthly challenge prize packs, please email me at kristi(at)thestorysiren(dot)com subject line: 2014 Debut Author Challenge. Thanks!