Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) 2014

The year has gone by quickly. In a few weeks there will be the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). In a small nutshell the ABNA is a contest that Amazon puts on for new authors. It usually starts mid-January, they take 10,000 entries, have five categories, and the winners get a writing advance and a book contract.

Last year, I was three months into calling myself a writer and threw together an entry. This year I am mostly done with one book Love's Autograph and not anywhere near being done with my next book. It does not have a name. Love's Autograph is a lesbian romance so I feel like it has little chances in any contest other than a lesbian fiction contest.

I think I am not alone when I say that I wish that I had more time to write. I have these things called bills and a family to help support thus I have a full-time job that I really like. I am one purchase away from buying a bumper sticker that reads "I would rather be writing." I think this is interesting timing that I looked at my vacation bank for work and I now have 12 days I must use by January 31, 2013 or I lose them. I have slotted five to use during the holidays. I have seven days that I have to use somehow.

My mind goes to writing, writing, writing.

I have to decide if I am going to try to shape my "not named" book for the ABNA.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Michele. Just came across your most recent blogs. So much to read, so little time. Yes, keep writing! Sorry that we all have to work at other jobs to pay those pesky bills, but as a reader and lover of lesbian fiction,and a big fan of the Indies, all I can say is 'hang in there'! When you are ready to self-pub "love's Autograph", I'll be ready to purchase it. I have been working recently with Cathernie M. Wilson who has been very successful with her trilogy, and we've had interesting discussions about self-publishing. It seems like the only way to go. Keep the faith! It all is a marathon, not a sprint, so hang in there. You are doing fine. Karen