The last few weeks have been an interesting roller coaster ride of emotion. I entered a national writing competition, the Amazon Break Through Novel Award contest, with the sole purpose of showing a nay-sayer that ‘yes I CAN write a decent query letter,’ and beat out 4000 other people with that same pitch.
A month later, my excerpt in the same contest beat out 750 other entries, including four of my friends. Sorry, guys. :( I wanted all five of us to go forward together. When I read the critiques from the two Amazon reviewers who advanced me to Round 3, I was given hope that my dream of becoming a published author might come to fruition.
I was booted out of the contest, April 26th, 2011, but I have no complaints. I finished in the top 250 out of 5000 original entrants. That’s the top 5%! I now have hope and confidence to pursue my dream. Please come along with me. It’ll be a wild ride, but eventually, I plan to reach that destination.