look what i got in the mail today!

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After desperately refreshing the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award homepage all morning, FINALLY the quarterfinalists were revealed shortly after noon!  And after bracing myself for NOT seeing my name on the list, THERE IT WAS!!!!

That’s right, I made it to the next round!  I was so excited I almost ran across the library to tell someone, anyone, about the awesome news.  I kept myself from running but I’m pretty sure I was skipping at the very least, and then of course happy dancing in the staff room.  Woooooooo!

From what I can gather from the ABNA website, Publisher’s Weekly writes up a review for all 500 quarterfinalists’ manuscripts, and Amazon customers can read each entry’s excerpt.  So that will be awesome, even if I don’t make it through the next round of cuts (which is over a month away, to be announced on April 26).

i made the cut!

Last month I entered the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) with Hitchhikers. On Thursday they posted the list of those who had made the first cut, from 10,000 entries down to 2,000 (1,000 each in two categories, adult & YA). It took me a while to scroll down to the S’s, where I discovered my novel had made the cut! Check it out for yourself!

The first cut is based solely on the novel’s “pitch” – essentially what you’d send in as a query letter. Now I just have to wait until the end of March, when they’ll announce the novels that will move on to the third round. The next cut will be based on each novel’s excerpt (the first 5,000 words of the novel).  Of course, now that I can’t change anything about it, I realized that there was some kind of error when I pasted in my excerpt which made spaces between some of the words disappear… 😦  I thought I had fixed them all but now I see several errors in the first paragraph alone… hopefully they’ll read beyond the first paragraph and not judge me too harshly!

finally, a yes!

So, you haven’t heard from me since June, when my short story “Seventh Son” was placed on the short list for Pill Hill Press‘s Monster Mash anthology. Since then, my story was accepted and the anthology is now available for purchase on their website and via online retailers such as Amazon! I am eagerly awaiting my contributor’s copy. The news gets even better: “Seventh Son” was chosen to appear in Pill Hill Press’s sampler that will be sent out with any purchase from their online store! Soon I will be updating the Short Stories page with all relevant info.

In other news, I’ve sent out over 60 queries, and I’m up over 30 rejections. Nanowrimo is fast approaching and I still haven’t finished Hitchhikers… But with all the excitement over having a story published, I think I will be more motivated to write. Hopefully.