Camp Nanowrimo

While I wait with baited breath to find out whether I made it to the third round of the 2014 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, I'm participating in Camp Nanowrimo and finishing "Caged Dreams" - the third romantic suspense novel in my "Dreams" series featuring the Brooks family. Camp Nanowrimo is an offshoot of National November Writing Month ("Nanowrimo") - a writing event that takes...

I Made It To the Second Round of the 2014 Amazon.com BreathThrough Novel Award Contest!

Hi There: This is the third year that I've entered the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. In 2012 and 2013, I was kicked out of the contest during the first stage (the pitch stage). This year, I made the first cut and made it to the second stage of the contest. This is how it works: The contests accepts 10,000 entries in five categories: General Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller,...

What Writers Can Learn From Rejection

I'm baaaack!  I took a little hiatus to work on some non-writing goals, but I'm back baby and more fired up than ever. Okay, so I got kicked out of the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest during the pitch stage and two of the three e-publishers that requested to see excerpts of my legal thriller have rejected it.  I could sink into a funk, throw in the towel, and stop writing, or I can...

The Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

So, as I mentioned in my last blog post, I entered my romantic legal thriller - "Just Dreams" -  in the Amazon.com Breaththrough Novel Award Contest (also known as "ABNA").  The contest officially closed to new entries in the adult fiction category on February 2, 2012.  I know this because I went to upload an edited version of my novel and I couldn't anymore.  Imagine the angst I felt...

Overcoming Fear

Last year, around this time, I sabotaged any chance I might have had to win the 2011 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest by waiting until the last possible second to edit my suspense novel and then electronically submitting it two minutes past the deadline (which, by the way, was two minutes after midnight on a Monday morning in January). Missing the deadline and not entering the contest...