Made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest

Yep, along with about 2,000 other people. Still, at least this means my pitch–the first round of selection was done on the basis of  a 300 word pitch–was not completely horrible. I’m not sure I’ll get through the second round (which is done on the basis of the first few chapters of the novel). At least one of the agents who has rejected me said, basically, that she liked my query but not my initial chapters. Still, whatever. I am going to market the hell out of this novel, but I am definitely never, ever going to revise it again. The door is so unambiguously closed to more revision on this damn thing. Thus, it doesn’t really matter to me what people say about the novel itself. It would be alot more troubling to me if the pitch was bad. Writing that thing was really annoying, and I definitely don’t want to have to rewrite it.

I am, however, currently thinking about my next novel project, which I hope to start drafting sometime in the next few months.

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  1. Frank Bishop

    Well shit, congrats! That is awesome. At the very least this can qualify as some bragging rights in a query letter.

    Speaking of which, how about doing a post on how you construct your letters. There is a plethora of information out there on the subject but it is always interesting to read other takes.

    1. R. H. Kanakia

      Thanks! I’ll think about writing that post. I’m not really sure, though, that my letter is so good that I should be giving other people advice. I don’t want to contribute to all the misinformation out there.