Today is the last day of submission for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. At midnight tonight, submissions will close and the judging will begin. I am a little nervous. I wonder if my novel is good enough to make it through the first few rounds. Is the writing effective enough to catch the judge’s attention? I’ve submitted to Writers of the Future a fair few times, so I know a little bit of what to expect, but this is totally new.
I’ve been reading Dean Wesley Smith’s blog posts on his site about agents and novels. I know they’re not really looking for how good the book is. They want to see if the author has staying power. It’s not so much that they’re worried about the first novel selling. They want to know if the next ten will sell. The only difference between a regular novel submission to a publisher and Amazon is that they open parts of the book to general readers. Definitely a little scary. I will update as I know more.
To read Dean Smith’s posts about the myths of writing go to http://deanwesleysmith.com