Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Down and Out

The 500 Quarterfinalists in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award were just posted, and Assignment 9 was not one of them. I'm disappointed, but going through the 250 YA entries, of the 4 other people I know who made it through the first cut, only one has made it through. And one of them has an incredible book, one I think is far better than mine.

But them's the breaks. At the end of the day, it all comes down to who your reviewers were and their personal taste. So, I'll wallow a little today, feel a little sorry for myself, but tomorrow I'll be back in the query trenches, ready to foist my little story on the world.

I think it also helps that I'm probably going to finish my rewrite of Tail Lights today or tomorrow. There's nothing like the exhilaration of finishing a project.

Did any of the rest of you make it through to the Quarters? Le us know so we can root for you.


  1. So sorry to see you out this round :-( You're right, it's a subjective business and obviously the judges didn't know all their stuff this time around ;-) (we tell ourselves these things to feel better, ne?)

    You're still epic, though (((hugs)))

  2. Thanks Lori!

    Guess we won't be meeting up in NYC this June then.... There's always next year.