I found out last night, in a weird way, that my novel, Beautiful Wreck, was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. I explained it this way to my nine year old daughter: Making it to the semi finalist is like being one of the last six couples in Dancing With The Stars before I got voted to go home. There were originally 10,000 entries. As a semi-finalist I did receive a review from Publishers Weekly that was favorable but pointed out the reasons they didn’t pick my novel as a finalist. I’m on cloud nine. Beautiful Wreck going this far in the contest gives me a better chance of attracting a publisher in these hard times.
Now here’s the weird part: I was under the impression that Amazon would contact me through my email if I went any further than the first two thousand chose from the original ten thousand entries. I never got an email, so I figured the book was lost in the shuffle of so many fine pieces of work.
Yesterday I was searching for a link to one of my essays online and ran across a link to my first three chapters published by Amazon. Now, I knew that only quarter finalists had their first three chapters published on Amazon. So, I started freaking out because yes, quarter finalists was great. I went back to the original site where I submitted my novel for the contest. There were two messages on my page. One informing me that I had made it into the quarter finalist round. The other telling me my Publishers Weekly review was ready, and my novel had made it to the semi finalist before it went down.
Because I never knew until last night, a day after they announced the three finalists, I couldn’t view this as anything but a huge success. There was no disappointment involved.
Writers have to search those moments in their earlier careers that help them shine. This is one of mine!
If you would like to read the first three chapters published by Amazon just click on the link and download the pdf.