I received great news this week. In January, I submitted THE CARD in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. This yearly award is given to an independently published or unpublished novel after going through several rounds of judging. THE CARD has been selected to move on to the second round in judging, now down to the top 20% of entrants.
Now the waiting begins, again. The second round will conclude on March 11, 2012 and will include Amazon's expert reviewers, including Amazon editors and at least one Amazon Top Reviewer. This round will judge on the EXERPT (up to the first 5,000 words of the novel) and will be rated on the following criteria:
a) Overall Strength of Excerpt
d)Originality of Idea
The top 250 entries will advance to the Quarter-Finals.
The Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin Group. The finalist will be announced in mid May and will include a "customer" voting component.
As you might have guessed, if I make it that far, I'll be asking everyone to help out. For now, I will enjoy advancing to the second round.
Thanks all who have helped me along the way, and please keep your fingers crossed for this next challenge.