A couple of months ago, I entered the manuscript for my second novel in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Now I’m happy to report that Divided We Fall has made it through the first two rounds and is a quarterfinalist!
There were 500 novels across five genres that made the cut. Divided We Fall was one of 100 sci-fi/fantasy/horror entries.
A couple Amazon.com reviewers had a look at the first few chapters, and here’s what they had to say:
Amazon Reviewer 1:
This novel has some serious promise. Here we are in the first few thousand words and we already have a love triangle and a religious/political rebellion. Seriously, the author has provided some interesting angles to work out what the pitch promises to deliver.
Amazon Reviewer 2:
Its flows and is good. With a few fixes it may outpace “The Handmaids Tale.” I hope to see more.
Even if I don’t make it any further in the contest, I will still get a review by Publishers Weekly. This will be a great tool for convincing literary agents and publishers to take a look (unless PW hates it, but I’m feeling optimistic).
What’s that you say? If I win the contest, I won’t need to convince anyone else?
Hey dude, take a chill pill! I’m trying to measure my expectations here!