First Line Contest is closed

January 16, 2007 | Karin's Blog | 20 comments

First of all congrats to all of the entrants! Wow some fab first lines!
Now, I was up very late writing, and just now after reading all of the comments and reading a few emails I see we have some hiccups with some of the entries. Just thinking of disqualifying someone is making me sick to my stomach. I watched the lines very closely as they came in last night, and those that came in wrong I did my best to notify the entrant and tell them to get back to the blog and correct their line. ASAP. The correction had to be made before there were 75 bona fide entries. So, give me some time to drink coffee, go through my email and sort everything out.




  1. Margaret A. Golla

    Boy, Karin, you certainly are a glutton for punishment. 🙂 But I do thank you (again) for this great opportunity.

  2. Tracey

    Karin – Good Luck. Everone else – good luck too.

  3. Edie Ramer

    Karin, you deserve a lot of credit for doing this. It’s as fun as AI.:grin:

    Good luck, everyone!

  4. Debbie Dunn

    Karin, wouldn’t want to be in your shoes…but you did make it very clear about examples of one line. Just hope that helped assuage the guilt along with the caffeine.

  5. Heather W

    Must agree with Debbie, and I still agree even if I’m disqualified. 🙂 You did make it clear, just one line, and I don’t think you had any responsibility to remind us after we posted. The fact that you did – it’s just extra nice of you. 🙂


  6. Amanda

    Karin, wow!!! What a turnout. I can’t believe they all came in so quickly. Good job!!!

  7. Karin

    Thanks everyone. Just got back in and am going to settle this. I’llpost shortly.

  8. Theresa


    I wanted to add my thanks to the rest. I’ve been looking forward to this since Summer. lol

    I think we need to create somekind of an award for you at nationals– what do you guys think?

  9. LaDonna

    Yep, a National classy award maybe. God, I wanna be like you when I get there, Karin! Thanks for the opportunity…again.

  10. Tracey

    Yeah for the Nationals – and I wish I could be there too – Since — they told me the presented Finally a Bride there I thouhgt I could use as an excuse to come – but alas – no. Maybe San Fancisco.

  11. Judy Soifer

    I have to agree with Heather and Debbie. I really appreciate you giving us this opportunity.

    Judy 🙂

  12. Theresa


    I meant to congratulate you on that win. I saw in the final ranking that you took the paranormal category. Dare I hope you got a request for the full out of that win too?

  13. Karin

    Ladies you are the best!
    Oh, and Tracey, San Fran is in my backyard, I’d love to see you in ’08.

  14. Laurie Wood

    Karin, this is my first try at your contest, and like LaDonna says I want to be a class act like you when I make it! This is a wonderful opportunity and thank you for making it possible for so many. It’s so nice to see a published author giving others a helping hand once she’s reached that “promised land”. 🙂

  15. Karin

    We need to have a First Line cocktail party in Dallas this year.

    Laurie, I know how hard it is to get a break in this biz. If I can help get someone in front of an editor, I’ll do it. I’m headed to NYC in March. I’m going editor hunting for my next first line contest final judge, that will begin in June.

  16. Marion Gillespie

    Hi Karin and everyone, this is the first time I’ve entered this contest and I must say it’s very exciting. Adding my thanks, Karin, for giving us this opportunity. Can’t wait til Monday!

  17. Debbie Dunn

    Karin, you have me addicted to your blog. Like Marion, I’m chomping at the bit to see what happens next week. It’s also exciting to know I’ve read a bunch of your stuff without being able to put a face to your name. Nice to get to “know” another published author.

  18. Karin

    Good luck, Marion and Kiki!

  19. Kiki

    Thank you so much for this opportunity! What a fun contest!
    I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I already had lots of fun reading people’s first lines.

  20. Karin

    Debbie, your last post got caught in my spam filter. sorry about that.

    so glad to hear you like it hear!

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