WWW.FirstChapters.net is a new book discovery site where readers can sample the first three to four chapters of great books free of charge. (See here and here for examples!)
First Chapters promotes books in all categories and genres, including poetry and short stories.
Although the website only went live a few weeks ago, it has already received thousands of hits and is being followed by hundreds of readers. New features will be added soon.
First Chapters uses ‘crowd power’ techniques to publicise the site. Authors and readers are encouraged to promote First Chapters on their own blogs, and on social networking sites.
Authors may post the first three to four chapters of any book on this site free of charge. Once published, your material will remain on this site indefinitely. We will remove it within 48 hours if you request us to, for any reason.
There is no minimum or maximum length. The chapters must be consecutive, i.e. chapters 1-3 inclusive, or 1-4 inclusive. We never publish non-consecutive chapters.
First Chapters was created by Malcolm Turner. A former journalist with a lifelong interest in leadership, he has spent the last twenty years of his life devising and organising events which celebrate the work of leaders and achievers. He has personally presented leadership awards to – among others – Senator John McCain, Senior US Senator for Arizona; and John Rose, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer.
He has also presented awards to mayors and leaders in cities from St Louis, to Amman and Lagos.
In 1997 he devised the SET Awards scheme which has become Europe’s leading award for science and engineering undergraduates. When not working he skies, rows and tries to raise funds for London Rowing Club. He writes novels under the pen name David Conway and recently published Cruel Sister.