Thursday, February 23, 2012

And.... CUT!

The Second Round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award was announced today and I have to say that I didn't make it.  My pitch was cut.  Last year I made it through to the second round with the same book, but a different pitch.  Maybe that pitch was better or there are better pitches this year.  Either way, my journey towards winning is over. 

At least I know that 4,000 other people are feeling disappointed like me.  Only 1,000 moved on and only 1 of them will win.  4,999 people will be disappointed. 

I won't deny that I'm disappointed in myself and feel that I wasn't good enough.  Three years of this and I've been cut at the first round (twice) and at the second round (once).  I can say that I've tried and that makes me proud, but it still makes me a little sad.  It was a good opportunity, but not the one that God wanted me to have.  I'll keep trying.

Now I have to decide if I want to keep querying this book or self-publish...

Good luck to anyone that is still in!

24 comments:

  1. You've done an amazing thing, Krista - you wrote a book. That by itself sets you apart! Congratulations for that.

    As a former ABNA - er who was "pitched on the pitch," though, I understand the disappointment, and I sympathize. Still, I went on to publish with a tiny start up company and I've never regretted it.

    Best of luck to a lovely lady. I know I'll get to read your book one day!

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    1. Thank you Alison - that is so very true. I wrote a book. Heck, I've written four. That's a great achievement.

      I will find an agent or self-publish so my words can be read. :)

      Thank you and I really hope that you do get to read my book someday. :)

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  2. I sympathize with you. It's hard to be cut. I tried ABNA three years ago and was cut in the first round. It's rough, but you've got a completed novel. Don't give up on it now! Good luck. :)

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    1. It is hard, Christine. But it makes us stronger writers for trying. :)

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  3. I'm sorry to hear that you got cut. That sucks. But I think you should keep querying! Don't give up now - keep it up!

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    1. Thank you Brenna - I don't plan on giving up anytime soon. :)

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  4. Sorry you got cut! But Alison is right, writing a book is amazing! Don't let this stop you :-)

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    1. Thank you Nessa - writing a book really is amazing and I won't stop. :)

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  5. You know I have lost every single contest I have entered (excluding one pitch contest)The thing is I may not excel at the technicalities, but I know I tell good stories (and I know you do too) If the time isn't today, that's okay. We just need to keep pushing forward!

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    1. Contests aren't everything - that's the truth. So many enter and only one can move on. Not good odds. I can't wait to read your book someday too. We will keep pushing forward!

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  6. If misery loves company, I am here to offer to say that I am one of the 4,000 cut as well. Don't worry about it. Trust your story and trust your crit partners. You'll find a home for it.

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    1. Sorry that you didn't move on either, Christopher! At least we know that 2 of the 4,000 that were cut. I hope that you take your own advice too and trust your story. I'll find a home for it someday. :)

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  7. Oh, I'm so sorry. I know that's really disappointing, but I'm glad you're not giving up. Keep querying!

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    1. Thank you Emily - it is really disappointing, but I picked up 2012 Writer's Market from the library tonight and I'm not gonna give up. :)

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  8. Don't feel bad, I got cut too :o) But hey, I STILL managed to snag an agent with the same pitch!! Just because your pitch didn't make the cut, doesn't mean it's a bad. Don't stop trying! :o)

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    1. Rejected pitch buddies. :) That's awesome that you snagged your agent with your pitch! Hopefully I can find the right agent soon. I won't give up trying.

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  9. Awww. I suggest a nice piece of chocolate cake. Here. *offers generous slice of chocolate cake*

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    1. Thank you Susan! That was delicious! :)

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  10. I'm sorry. I know how disappointing it can be. BUT like you said, you had the guts to try and that says a lot. You should be poud of yourself for that. As for Amazaon...what do they know? :)

    Michelle :)

    BTW I didn't even know about this competition until your posting.

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    1. What does Amazon know? Good question! :) They have books on their website about Justin Bieber... so they don't know too much, yuck lol. Thank you for the laugh!

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  11. Yes, a good opportunity, but definitely not the only one! Reread your book anytime you're wondering if it's good enough. You'll be reminded that it really does rock! Remembering that can take you a long way toward achieving your goals.

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    1. That is so very true - I will just reread my book to remember that I'm proud of what I wrote. :) Thank you!

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  12. It is a disappointment, no matter how hard you try to rationalize it. I entered last year but had nothing ready to go this year. The experience was invaluable to me. It propelled me forward, delving into the craft of writing--and the world of publishing. But best of all was discovering the online writing community--getting to know other writers and to experience how supportive we are to one another. After the initial sting wore off, I accepted the truth in the words of consolation said to me--"It is a huge achievement just writing a novel." And it really is. Congrats for finishing a book, for getting the editing done, for writing a pitch, and for taking all other necessary steps to enter. Kudos... it was quite an accomplishment :-)

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    1. Wow. That is so very true. It is a great experience to enter into a contest - a little leap of faith that propels you forward towards publishing, someday. Thank you for the encouraging words. :)

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