Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Welcome to Chapter Book Challenge 2017! #ChaBooCha

It's time for another Chapter Book Challenge!
For those of you who are new to ChaBooCha, here is a little bit about the challenge (all of which you can find on the "About" page for this site): he Chapter Book Challenge, otherwise known as ChaBooCha, was created by Rebecca Fyfe and first ran in 2012. It runs every year in the month of March. The challenge is to write one completed first draft of an early reader, chapter book, middle grade book or YA novel in the month of March, starting on the 1st of March and finishing on the 31st of March. 
During the month of March, there are helpful blog posts from published authors, agents and publishers to help members hone their craft, and there are prizes available throughout the challenge. 
ChaBooCha has a very relaxed atmosphere where members help each other to achieve writing goals. You can sign up on the website using the sign-up form, and you can also join the Facebook page for updates and information. There is aTwitter page at and members interact with one another throughout the year in the Facebook group.
It is completely free to join the Chapter Book Challenge. 

You also might be wondering about our logo. The Chapter Book Challenge logo is all about our mascot Nabu the Badger. Nabu loves to read, and he is really looking forward to all of the new chapter books, middle grade books and YA books that are going to be written and published as a result of this year's ChaBooCha. Nabu was named after the Babylonian patron god of scribes, wisdom and literature. Nabu became our "mascot" back in 2014, just two years into the Challenge.

This year's badge is going back to the basics. In 2014, when Nabu first joined us, we used our logo on the badge for that year's challenge, and this year, we are doing so again.

We have some authors and editors already set up to do guest posts for this challenge; some of them you might recognise.

Neil Griffiths
Alayne K. Christian
Aleesah Darlison
Jennifer Gracen
Melissa Stoller
Audra Trosper
Marcie Colleen
Michael Norwitz
Victoria Boulton
Melissa Khalinsky

More authors may be added as the challenge progresses.

For those of you who were not with us in past challenges, we have several posts form previous challenges that might be helpful to you, from such authors as Tamora Pierce, Darren Shan, Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi, Lee Wardlaw, Yvonne Navarro, Nancy Holder, Nancy I. Sanders, Wendy Orr, Kimberly Griffiths Little, Emma Walton Hamilton, George Ivanoff and agent Carole Blake, among others. As is usual with ChaBooCha, there will be prizes during the month. You have to be signed up to the challenge in order to be eligible. There will be books on writing and trinkets and handmade goodies offered during select guest posts and an overall gift of a Kindle Fire for one lucky member. I'd love to hear from you in the comments what you are working on this month, or if you are still deciding. As for me, I'm rewriting a previous Chapter Book Challenge novel. After reviewing it, I decided it needed to go in a completely different direction than the one I took it in before so I'm starting it over from scratch.

Happy writing!
A side not to Australian members: Posts will probable come out to you a day late, quite frequently, due to the time differences.

Badges for you to use on your websites and blogs:

I'll have a Facebook banner ready by this weekend.


  1. I finished the first in chapter book series in January. I hope to use this challenge to kickstart #2. But I'm leaving myself open. Maybe I'll just start something new.

  2. I'm working on a middle grade fantasy novel :) Pretty excited to get this one finished!

  3. So excited to participate! Not sure what I'm going to work on, but I guess I'd better decide quickly, lol!

    Any suggestions as to daily goals?

    1. Kristi - Check out a post from a previous year's challenge on breaking down your word count goals:

  4. Ready and set to put words to an idea that I have been developing. Thank you for the motivation.

  5. I'm so excited to join this, it will be the first time I've ever written a book! I'm still brainstorming but hoping to hone it a bit more tomorrow :)

  6. Looking forward to attempting a chapter book!

  7. Thank you! I'm excited to join the challenge this year.

  8. Excited to be part this year, first time! Have a couple of possibilities from Storystorm that I am considering and see which talks to me first

  9. Hi everyone! I’m excited to be back again this year… I will be working on a chapter book and if there is time I hope to begin expanding of one of my old PiBoIdMo picture books into a chapter book

  10. Hi everyone! I'm working on a PB that was too long and felt more like a Chapter Book. I'm excited to be part of ChaBooCha.

  11. So excited about this - I am working on book 2 in a series. Have spent the last two months editing and re-writing book 1, and I'm ready to step away from it for a while and get book 2 down on paper!

  12. Hi everyone! I'm going to work on a chapter book that I had worked on in the past! Decided to revise it once more! Good luck to all and thank you once again Becky and all the contributors for all you do!!

  13. Hi everyone! I can tell that March is here

  14. This is my first chapter book challenge and I'm excited to try writing my first chapter book. I'm going to use some characters that I love that have never fit quite right into a picture book.

  15. Thanks for running this great challenge, Becky! I am so excited to be participating again this year. I'll be working on another adventure in my ENCHANTED SNOW GLOBE COLLECTION chapter book series. And hopefully doing a lot of chapter book reading. Good luck, everyone!

  16. This is my first attempt at writing a chapter book and at ChaBooCha. I am working on a sci fi version of Snow White. My outline is almost finished and I'm excited to start writing.

  17. Still working on a MG I'v been writing for some time on and off. Excited for the challenge. Thanks, Becky!

  18. What a fantastic start to this exciting month of CB plotting, structuring, writing, re-writing, revising, and more!

  19. I'm in, just couldn't remember if I signed up.

  20. I've been following and thought I'd already commented. I'm revising and strengthening a book about a basketball family. I lost it somehow before I started cloud storage, but I have an early rough draft.