Thursday, February 14, 2013

On to Round 2 of ABNA 2013: Cage of Skin and Bone

Cage of Skin and Bone has advanced to round 2 of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 contest. What does that mean? It means that I'm the second coming of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen all rolled into one. No? Actually, it means that my pitch was good enough to merit a further read from the judges. That's all.

Four-hundred novels in the young adult category advanced to Round 2. In this round, judges will read 3000 - 5000 word excerpts for each entry, and identify the 100 that will advance to the quarterfinal round. My submission last year, The Shore of Monsters, also advanced to the second round, but did not make the quarterfinal round. I'm hoping for a better result, but, hey - every novel is a longshot at this point.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Shore of Monsters Duology: Re-Released

I finished overhauling The Shore of Monsters and its sequel, Fall of Darkness, and posted both to multiple e-book sites. By converting the story from third-person to first-person, I was able to expose more of the heroines observational nature. And, to reinforce the need for professional copyeditors, I found and fixed a number of mistakes. To meet Smashword's new resolution guidelines, I had to quickly assemble two new covers for that site only. Here they are, simple and not so subtle.