I mentioned this on Twitter a few days ago. We’ve decided to open up the blog for guest posts on nearly any topic. If you want to promote your book, submit a book or movie review, let our readers check out a sample of your writing, tell us what’s pissing you off about the publishing industry, or anything else you think we’ll find interesting, submit your post and we’ll get back to you if we like it.
In other news, submissions are officially open today for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I entered A Circle in the Woods last year, made it to the second round, and was then rejected because both reviewers couldn’t get past the cruelty to animals. A sorely biased decision, but that’s what contests are all about.
I think The Object stands a much better chance, as it’s a more family-friendly story. No dead animals, only dead humans–for the most part. Sprinkles is nowhere to be found, after all.
The great thing about this year’s ABNA contest is that Amazon has dropped Penguin and are publishing the winners themselves. This means two things:
- A grande prize of $50,000 and a publishing contract are rewarded to the winner, while five finalists receive a first prize of $15,000 and a publishing contract.
- Instead of languishing in the ranks with no promotion whatsoever from Penguin, you can bet your ass Amazon will be pumping the hell out of the winning books, so the winner can expect to earn much more than that sweet $50,000.
I’m pumped. Maybe we’ll get some hellaciously good news around the time we’re posting Episode Five or Six of Book Two. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
Any other authors out there planning to enter?
- Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Starts Next Month (goodereader.com)
- Amazon Announces Sixth Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (virtual-strategy.com)