2016 Debut Author Challenge Sign-Ups (+ Giveaway)

Posted November 23, 2015 by Jana in Debut Author Challenge, Giveaway / 45 Comments

DAC2016S It’s that time of year again! The 2015 Debut Author Challenge is wrapping up next month, and it’s time to start getting ready for next year’s! The rules are exactly the same as this year’s, and I hope you’ll join us in the fun! I’ve already got about 40 authors lined up for the Debut Dish, and the swag is rolling in for the next round of monthly prize packs!

So, sign up and enter the giveaway! And tell all your friends and 2016 debut author friends as well!


Challenge Objectives:

  • To introduce readers to this year’s wonderful group of debut authors.
  • To challenge readers to read 12 or more (or less! It’s up to you!) middle grade, young adult, and new adult debuts this year.

Challenge Rules:

  • You must post your thoughts on each debut book you read in order for it to count towards the challenge. You can post anywhere: your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc.
  • You can join the challenge whenever you want.
  • The debuts must have a publishing date in 2016 and must have been read between January 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017 (this extra month allows readers adequate time to read December debuts) in order to count.
  • Each review gives you an entry into the monthly prize pack drawings. Make sure you post the links to my monthly link-ups. I always post these link-ups on the first day of the month.
  • This challenge is open internationally, as are the monthly prize packs.
  • I don’t care what language you write your reviews in, I just need to know which book you have reviewed so I can verify your entry. When you post your link, please include the title in English.
  • Use the hashtag #2016DebAuthC so we can all see what everyone’s up to!

Which Books Count:

  • The book must be classified as a middle grade, young adult, or new adult title.
  • The book must be a full-length novel. Novellas do not count.
  • The book must be the author’s MG/YA/NA 2016 debut. (If the author has published adult fiction before, but this is their first MG/YA/NA book EVER it still counts. If the author has published a YA book before and this is their first MG or NA book, it does not count. We are reading the author’s first book for young people, excluding picture books.)
  • Self-published books do not count, so if the author has self-published a MG/YA/NA book before and this is their first book published by a traditional publisher it counts toward the challenge.
  • ARCs are fine, but only if you read them the year they are published. (If you read a 2016 debut in 2015, it does not count. If you read a 2017 debut in 2016, it does not count. This way, participants who do not have access to ARCs are not at a disadvantage.)
  • Since this challenge is International, some books will be debuts in some countries and not in others. This can be tricky and put some books into a gray area, so here’s what we will do. If the book came out this year in your country for the first time, even though it was available elsewhere, then you can count it.
  • Please feel free to tweet, email, etc. me if you do not know if a book counts or not. I am happy to help you.

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45 responses to “2016 Debut Author Challenge Sign-Ups (+ Giveaway)

  1. Stephanie

    Thank you so much for still hosting this! This challenge is so easy and fun :) I’ve been doing it since 2012 (but I failed last year because of the January 1 instead of January 31 deadline haha).

    • Jana

      Hey, 4 is better than 0! To me, you’re still a winner. :) Glad to have you back, and so happy you love the challenge!

  2. Jennifer

    I have failed too (read 3, DNF 1, currently reading 1) but I am more aware of debuts. So I will aim next year for lucky 7.

    • Jana

      Yay lucky seven! I still think you’re a winner for this year! Four is still great, and I know the authors appreciate it. :)

    • Jana

      I’m glad you’re excited! I’m so happy to have you on for another year! I put it on my calendar to link up for other challenges each month, so maybe that would help!

  3. jen7waters

    Jana! Sorry, I’m a bit slow today, in the rafflecopter you ask for the number on the sign-up linky and a goals post link, and this is for the 2016 challenge, yes? Not the 2015 challenge.

    • Jana

      Hi Jen! Yes, that’s right. In this rafflecopter all my questions are related to the 2016 challenge. So your sign-up number would be from 2016 linky and a goals post link would be for your 2016 goals. :) That’s actually a really good question. I’ll go clarify in the rafflecopter so everyone is on the same page. :)

      • jen7waters

        Thanks! It’s just that for some reason when I first saw this post I thought it was a wrap-up for the 2015 challenge, but then in the rafflecopter you clearly say 2016. Still I felt better asking.

        So excited for the 2016 challenge! ^^

    • Jana

      Welcome to the DAC, Talina! I’m glad you’ve signed up, and that you’re excited to participate! Can’t wait to see what you choose to read!

  4. I had fun doing Debut challenge this year and even won some swag, (for first time) Thank you Jana for sending it :) I’m looking forward to one in 2016.

  5. Thank you for hosting this challenge! I will definitely be participating. I posted the link to my goodreads account (Katie Downey) and I’ll also post it to my twitter (@KatDowney28).
    I can’t wait to see what authors we discover in the new year!

    • Jana

      Kat, in order to sign up for the challenge you need to add your name and your Goodreads account link to the link-up above. Once you do this, you will show up on the numbered list of participants. That will assign you a number. You can then enter that number into the rafflecopter.

    • Jana

      Many people, myself included, have tweeted the link out multiple times so I’m not sure why it’s not working for you. You can enter the link into a URL shortener (like this one: http://tinyurl.com/) and then you’ll have more characters available in your tweet. :)

  6. Ok, last one…
    The link right under the icon for the challenge is the one that is supposed to be shared on twitter, right?
    It is 266 characters without spaces so it will not fit in the 140 character allotted tweet. I tried converting it but it wouldn’t work because it does not start with an http.

    This is what I’m copying and pasting to twitter with no luck:
    If I am somehow copying the wrong thing, please let me know.
    Thank you again!