This past November I participated in the annual NaNoWriMo event, mentioned in a previous post, in which the goal was to write a 50,000 word novel within 30 days. As they say, thirty days and nights of literary abandon. Never done it before, but found myself captivated. So in thirty days I finished my very first novel. Hooray!
Now, you may be asking, what exactly does one do with said novel? I try to get it published of course! It is important that I highlight the fact that by no means do I anticipate this novel to take off and become a best seller with fame and fortune ensuing…ha…if only, right? No, I write because I simply enjoy writing, and the book I just so happened to manage completing was so fun to write that I want to see if it could go anywhere. Enter Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I stumbled upon this contest hidden somewhere within the literary propaganda throughout the NaNoWriMo website.
So, the contest breaks down like this: There are two categories you may enter your novel into – General fiction and Young Adult Fiction. The novel may only be entered into one category and have never been published (unless self-published). And what, pray tell, does the winner receive? Oh, I thought you’d never ask. The winner of the contest receives a $15,000 publishing contract with Penguin Group books.
I know…it’s pretty cool. So, the contest begins Jan. 23 and I am editing my little heart out as we speak.
Wish me luck!