Another big competition vote - pick your favourite author!

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  • Jennifer Schoonover

    26 9.42%
  • William A. Kooiker

    40 14.49%
  • Pike Stephenson

    20 7.25%
  • Andy Goldman

    7 2.54%
  • Jeremy Forbing

    93 33.70%
  • Gabriel Dolorosa

    90 32.61%
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    A "Drizzit" Type-Thing (Lvl 28)

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    Another big competition vote - pick your favourite author!

    Hot on the heels of the War of the Burning Sky mapping competition comes a competition which is even bigger!

    In January 2007, an open call asked potential authors to submit samples of their work in the hope of being selected as the author of the War of the Burning Sky novel line. Dozens of authors responded, and these were narrowed down to a shortlist of siz.

    Those six authors were asked to submit a 5,000 word treatment of the first chapter of the novel. The links below lead to the five shortlisted submisssions. You can read through these treatments at your leisure. Each entry covers the same series of events, but features different protagonists; the authors were asked to give their own "take" on the first section of The Scouring of Gate Pass, the first adventure in the War of the Burning Sky Campaign Saga.

    You are invited to vote for your favourite entry. The entry with the highest number of votes will win its author a $1,000 contract to pen the first 50,000 word novel in the War of the Burning Sky novel series, with an option for future novels. The entries are presented "as-is" (they haven't been corrected for grammar or for spelling), and we ask that you take into account writing style, characterization and general flow when making your vote. But, most importantly, vote for the one which really grabs you!

    To vote, first go here and check out the writing samples; and, when you're done, come back here and vote in this thread! Voting will be open for two weeks.

    I'll be changing the order in which the entries are presented each day, so that no author gains an advantage from being at the top or the bottom of the list.

    Good luck to those who entered!
    Last edited by Morrus; Monday, 26th February, 2007 at 06:26 PM.

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    Congrats to all of you that made it into the final round. Each entry was good, but Mr. Forbing's is the one that stood out to me. I can offer more insight on the reasons behind my vote, but will not do so without all of the authors' permission. They should decide their personal comfort level when it comes to criticism in a contest of this nature.

    Good job, guys!


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    Reading on screen is not the same as reading print. It helps me out to reduce my screen width to read these submissions, so I'm not scanning an incredible line length. It would have been better if the indents had been replaced with line breaks, I think.

    Would it bias things too much if I said which one I, as the guy who came up with the saga, like best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RangerWickett
    Would it bias things too much if I said which one I, as the guy who came up with the saga, like best?
    Yes, I think it would. Best saved for after the votes are in.

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    Well, I'm happy to throw my opinion out there I know William Kooiker and he's a good guy as well as being a good author. If you haven't already checked out his Tower of Ruin and you're looking for a good read, then you should maybe pick yourself up a copy and try it out. I also thought what I read of his opening was pretty darn good too. So it should be no surprise that my vote goes to Will

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    Well, kudos to everyone involved!
    Whoever wins, I'm looking forward to reading their interpretation of the modules!

    While were all excellent, my vote went to Andy Goldman: his entry, of them all, just leaped out at me right from the opening sentence, and carried me through the entire treatment.

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    I've just randomly changed the order of the entries on the novels page - I'll keep doing that over the next two weeks.

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    I have read them all and to my mind William Kooiker's effort is the leader. It shows strong personal style, is well paced and has a good edge. It is a little raw around the edges, but a light touch from an editor and it is done.

    Of the others I think Jeremy Forbing, Jennifer Schoonover and Pike Stephenson are strong contenders. I just think they need slightly more work to get them to the finished article than Mr Kooiker's.

    Jeremy Forbing's effort is probably the best standard of descriptive prose. It just didn't grab me as a story.

    Jennifer Schoonover's effort felt over edited.

    Pike Stephenson's effort seemed a little heavy going.

    The other two just weren't my style and I couldn't get into them at all. Though I suspect they will have their supporters.

    Just my opinion - nothing personal.
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    Though it's a rough draft, Dolorosa's entry has the most striking characters. From the start, they don't have that cardboard cut-out feel shared by a lot of fantasy out there. Of the entries, it has the most promise. I'll take sarcastic wit and a bit of swashbuckling over stoic caricatures any day.

    Schoonover has a fresh-feeling story, but not one I want to follow further.

    The others leave me with a feeling of familiarity - it's all been done and braised, recycled as sandwich meat, and finally reduced to hashed. We've seen it all before - the overcrowded and racially/ethnically diverse party, all of whom happen to get along fine, the labored dialogue and exposition.

    Just to play devil's advocate, is this really a good way to choose a person to write a novel based on a product you're still trying to market? This could easily degenerate into a popularity contest in which talent becomes secondary. These are short entries as well, and unlikely to show if your writer has narrative staying power for 50,000 words. I read a hackneyed metaphor like bronzed effigy in the first sentence and I get doubts as to that. It feels like you're rolling the dice with something that represents a lot of work on the developer's part. Just my unsolicited 2 pence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scipio
    Just to play devil's advocate, is this really a good way to choose a person to write a novel based on a product you're still trying to market? This could easily degenerate into a popularity contest in which talent becomes secondary. These are short entries as well, and unlikely to show if your writer has narrative staying power for 50,000 words. I read a hackneyed metaphor like bronzed effigy in the first sentence and I get doubts as to that.
    Ha! That was my entry you're making fun of! No hard feelings though, I see your point. I've already written two 80,000+ word novels, so I'm not worried about my staying power.

    But, to be fair to ALL the writers that are a part of this, none of us thought it would come down to a vote on a discussion board. We were all under the assumption that one of use would be chosen by the developers. Alas, they couldn't decide, and so they've gone this route. Unfortunately, six 5,000 word entries is A LOT of reading for anyone, particularly just to cast a vote. Look at all the votes that have been cast thus far (almost 40 at this point) . . . do you really think each voter has read every submission and chosen which one they liked the best? It raises an interesting question . . .

    I do, however, want to thank anyone who has taken the time to read them all, as well as give my heartfelt thanks to those who've had kind words to say about my entry.

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