In October, 2007, Amazon initiated their Breakthrough Novel Award contest by soliciting 5000 unpublished novel-length manuscript submissions from writers. The winning manuscript will be published by Penguin with a $25,000 advance against royalties. The submittal pool was narrowed down to 836 semi-finalist manuscripts on January 15th. The first 5000 words of all of these manuscripts are posted at http://www.amazon.com/abna and are available for free download.
Amazon is asking customers to post reviews for those entries they read and is offering prizes to reviewers for the most and highest quality reviews. The entries will also be reviewed by Publishers Weekly. By March 3rd, Penguin editors will select ten finalists and Amazon customers will choose the winning novel.
I am one of many Pikes Peak Writers members who have made it into the semi-finalist round. The whole board of the organization is very proud that we have so many members represented. I hope you'll read and review them all. The entries can be found at:
Kirk Farber, POSTCARDS FROM A DEAD GIRL, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00122GTR8
Beth Groundwater, VIRTUAL DEATH, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011ZCAME
Ian Healy, DEEP SIX, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00122GTTG
William Mason, PRIMORDIUM, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011ZCADI
Chris Myers, OFFSHORED, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0012658F8
Rebecca Noel, THE VENTARI INCIDENT, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00122GTR8
Bret Wright, NASTY, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011G9XPU
My VIRTUAL DEATH entry was the first novel-length manuscript I wrote, and it has been extensively revised many times, but needless to say, it never sold. It's very different from my cozy mysteries, being a futuristic romantic suspense. It has some fairly racy bits further on. I'd appreciate it very much if you could take a gander, and if you like it, write a review. If you don't like it, that's fine, too. Just don't bother writing a review. ;)
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