The top 400 pitches in each category have been listed. Did you make the cut?
I didn’t recognize anyone on the YA list, but congrats to everyone who made it. I wish you the best of luck.
And, yes, that means that my name was NOT on the list.
Am I upset? Honestly, not really.
The only thing I could really be upset about is that I stopped doing what I SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING and spent two weeks polishing my manuscript, rewriting the beginning, and writing an (unsuccessful) pitch. I am now behind on a writing project that I should have finished and sent to beta yesterday. (I haven’t even written the climax yet)
My Fire in the Woods manuscript now has a KICK BUTT beginning that I believe fixes everything that was wrong with my first draft, and I also have a pitch that I know needs some tweaking, because there were 400 out there that were better than mine.
So, yes, I am behind on my current Work in Progress, but my “Big Tamale” Fire in the Woods is now quite a bit closer to being ready for query land.
So, am I mad I didn’t make the first cut? Nope, not at all. It was no reflection on my novel. They didn’t even look at it. My pitch didn’t grab them. No harm, no foul.
Thanks, Amazon, for giving me that extra pressure to fix the overall problems.
What about you guys? Did anyone make the first cut? Are you in the same boat as me? What do you think about all this?
- $50,000 breakthrough novel award from Amazon (wheredoyougetyourideas.net)
- Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award – Made the first cut! (timhscott.wordpress.com)
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- Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (scottdavidbrown.com)
- Amazon kicks off its Breakthrough Novel contest (csmonitor.com)
- Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (laurenwaters.net)