Did you ever hear an Academy Award loser say they were just honored to be nominated? Well, it is an honor but losing sucks nonetheless. So you guessed it–Branches didn’t get selected to go to the Quarter Finals in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. But all is good. I’m still happy I entered. I’m not a competitive person (sorta goes with my shy streak) so it was a good test of stamina to try for it. I’m with Branches for the long haul. I love it; believe in it and will pursue all possibilities for it. So hang in there with me; more good things to come.
More good news: in January, I entered BRANCHES into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. First prize is $50,000 and a book contract. Round 1 was based on a 300-word pitch and today they announced the Round 1 winners. Guess what? BRANCHES was one of the selections. Round 2 will be based on a 3000-5000 excerpt of the novel and the winners of Round 2 will be announced on March 12. Say a prayer that BRANCHES makes it through Round 2. I’ll keep you posted.