You Are Invited to Participate in a Blog Chain — “The Next Big Thing”

I accepted an invitation to participate in a blog chain called “The Next Big Thing,” and since I don’t like to artbitrarily tag people, I’m extending an invitation to anyone who would lke to participate.

The idea is to answer 10 questions about your WIP or a new project and in turn “tag” 5 other writers who will write posts on their blogs.

My post will be up on this blog during the week of 11/26 – 12/02, so yours (which I’d link to) would be any time the following week, 12/03 – 12/09. You’d then invite 5 authors to do the same thing you’re doing, & link to their blogs, as well as back to mine (as the one who invited you to partake). Obviously, I’ll be linking to your blogs rather than the specific posts since those won’t be up yet when I post mine.

In step form:

1. I write a blog answering the interview questions, and put links to your blog (and 4 others whom I invite). I also credit the blogger who invited me.

2. You write a blog answering those questions and put links to 5 others of your choice, as well as linking back to my blog. (All our blogs will follow the same format, so when mine is posted, you will be able to see how to format yours.)

You are now finished!

3. The 5 authors you invite answer the questions; each one puts that blog up the week after yours goes up (yours would post the week of 12/03 – 12/09; theirs go up the following week) and each one credits you as the inviter & puts a link to your blog.

4. They in turn, tag 5 other authors, & the cycle continues.

So, you’re done once you put your own blog up and list your 5 authors.

The idea is that each person gets shouted out a) as an invited author, and then b) 5 times as the one who invited.

Would you be interested in taking part? The questions are below.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Leave a comment with your blog address if you’d like to take part in this blog chain. Nothing dire will happen to you if you don’t participate, of course, since this isn’t anything like a chain letter, but saying yes might get you a few new readers.


Pat Bertram is the author of the conspiracy novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with

21 Responses to “You Are Invited to Participate in a Blog Chain — “The Next Big Thing””

  1. Maureen Larter Says:

    Hi! Still learning about all this – will have to get myself organized and start a blog! My website should be live very soon. I have a facebook page ( and I am on twitter. (@maureenlarter). I saw the invite from Pat Bertram – will have to give it a miss this time – but keep me in mind next time!

  2. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Sounds interesting. Maybe I’ll take part in it.

  3. sandra sanchez Says:

    I am not writing anything new but will forward this to other authors who I know are working on projects as we speak . . . thank you for providing this opportunity for authors. Sandy

  4. Amrita Skye Blaine Says:

    I don’t write fiction at this time in my life–I write nonfiction. Could I still participate?

  5. joylene Says:

    Sounds like fun.

  6. Kathy Says:

    Sounds like fun but these days I’m not sure I know 5 other authors with active blogs…

  7. Sherrie Hansen Says:

    I would like to participate if there’s still a spot open.

  8. Juliet Waldron Says:

    It must be the “next big thing” cause I’ve already been asked to join one of these–do you think cross-joining might be useful–that is, could I join yours and ask you to join the one I’m involved in? (Who has time to write anymore?) 😉

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      You’re so right — who has time to write anymore? I’m not sure cross-joining would work — that means you’d be listed on two different chains, and would need a total of nine other bloggers. I’d considered cross-joining with Dellani since she is short a couple of people, and her post goes up this today, but then I’d have to find a total of nine bloggers, and right now, I only have three yeses and one maybe. Most people don’t know five other bloggers they can ask.

  9. Amrita Skye Blaine Says:

    Hi Pat,
    I’ve been considering this, and I just can’t take it on right now. Thanks for thinking of me…

  10. Ree` Edwards Says:

    Oh, how I would like to do this. BUT (yes, it’s a big but!) at this point in time, I don’t even have a blog site (now anyway) and am up to my big brown eyes in getting my home/yard prepared for winter. And too, with the grace of God, I am attempting to finish the interior remodeling I started (uh, don’t want to say how long ago lol.) Sooo very much to do and time is flying by (or is it just me that feels that way?) I want to try (key word that) to put it on the market next year if at all possible. Never thought I’d see the day I’d want to sell my home, one that holds so many precious memories. Guess my ‘maturity’ is beginning to take its’ toll. (you’ll never hear me address myself as ‘old’) and haven’t the time to devote to my love and passion of writing, along with a multitude of other things. Please keep me in mind if this opportunity should present itself in the future though, okay? Have a blessed day. . . Ree` (Sheesh, forgive the mis-spelling or typo’s, be glad when the new glasses are in. lol)

  11. Sheila Deeth Says:

    I like that cross-joining idea! I’ve already been tagged too.

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