Wednesday 25 January 2012
The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - And Why It's Great For Aspiring Authors
The first stage is based on a pitch that you write for your book. This simulates a reader browsing in a book store, the pitch is like your back jacket copy. The second round is based on your first chapter, and the third on your book as a whole.
Five reasons why it's great for aspiring writers:
1: It's free. Most contests aren't, so this is a big plus in its favour. If you have a completed novel, you've nothing to lose. (You can enter self-published novels, but not book that have been traditionally published)
2: It helps you learn how to market your book. You can get help writing and polishing your pitch from other writers on the ABNA forum. Even if you don't win, you can use this to write your query letter to agents and publishers.
3: If you progress beyond the pitch stage you get relatively impartial feedback on your writing.
4: You get to know lots of people on the forums. There's great camaraderie in the writing community, which makes a mostly solitary occupation a little less lonely.
5: There's always the chance you could win, and get a publishing deal with Penguin worth at least $15,000. Not to shabby...
What have you got to lose?