Friday, February 24, 2012

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award


In January I entered my novel, Screwing Up Time into the young adult category of Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award competition. Yesterday they posted the writers/books that made the first cut. So I looked for my name and didn’t find it. I consoled myself by saying I knew it was a long shot because the competition is stiff and the first round of the competition cuts the entrants by 80%.

But just before I closed the website, I remembered that I entered under CM Keller and not Connie Keller. So I checked for CM Keller. And it was there! I made it to round two!

The next cut will be a quarter finals cut and will be announced on March 20, so I’ll be hoping and praying. But once again, the cut is big. Of the remaining 20%, they’ll cut that by 75%.

Did any of you enter the competition this year? Did you make it to the second round? Did you enter any of the previous years? 

15 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I entered the first year but didn't make it anywhere. It was 'cause they didn't appreciate my genius. Or I was new at novel-writng and the entry was terrible. One of those. ;)

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  2. Oh wow! Congrats! Fingers crossed that you go all the way to the finals. :-)

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  3. Yay! Congrats! The competition on that thing is crazy. I've never entered, but Alz did last year. She made it to the second round too! :) Good luck!

    RE: Collections - I love office supplies! My favorite part of starting my job was being able to order new office supplies. Haha. In my future dream house, I'm going to need a room for my book and a room for all my geek stuff!

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  4. Hey, that's awesome!! Hope you have continued success with it!!

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  5. Hmmm. . . if you cut 20% by 75%, you get only 5% of the original remaining.

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  6. Oh, what a nice catch! Congratulations! Your book is on my list too read. I love time-twist books.

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  7. Congrats! I thought about entering but decided I wanted to exhaust my efforts on going the traditional route first.

    Fingers crossed for you and hoping that you'll make it all the way!

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  8. Congrats on making round two! I hope you keep going on with more wins!

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  9. Congratulations! Margo Berendsen just told me. I didn't know about your pen name, so I didn't know you were on the list when I checked.

    I made it to the second round also. I also made it the second round last year with a different manuscript. The feedback, though harsh, was helpful.

    Good luck for round 3!

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  10. Amazing Connie! I can't wait to hear what happens!

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