Sunday, February 5, 2012

Why do this crazy thing?

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest is now closed and all the entries are locked... 10,000 entries and only 2,000 will move on to the next round, which will be revealed on Thursday, February 23rd.

Why do I do this crazy thing? 

My novel is in the Young Adult Fiction category, so I have only do to better than 4,999 novels.  I only have a 0.02% chance of winning.  I couldn't even get an OWI (operating while intoxicated) in Iowa with that percentage... I'd need a 0.08% blood alcohol level. (Not that I would ever want an OWI.  It was just an example.)

4,000 novels will be cut from the first round in the YA category, based on the 300 word pitch.  If you do the math, the pitches total up to 1,500,000 words.  That's a lot of words!  But - 1,200,000 of those words will be tossed out!  The remaining 1,000 novels will then be judged on the 5,000 excerpt, which totals 5,000,000 words to be read!  But 3,750,000 words won't move on.  THEN -- those 250 novels (with an average of 75,000 words per book) will amount to over 18 million words!!  Eventually, it comes down to one person and one novel.  Gah, my head is spinning with those numbers!

Why?  Why would you even try Krista?

Dr. Daniel Jackson... yum!
Because someone has to win.  Even though I may have a greater chance of marrying a doctor, swimming with dolphins, and going horse-back riding naked with Michael Shanks (Doctor Daniel Jackson from Stargate SG1)... well, maybe not that last one... I still wanna try!

Writing and publishing is not without risk of rejection.  Writers... have to be a little crazy by nature to try this crazy thing called traditionally publishing.  I may not be good enough, but I love trying!

"Life is a journey, not a destination."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why do you try to be a writer?

14 comments:

  1. Yay, you for putting yourself out there and giving it a shot!! Good luck! :D

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  2. What's that quote? The only guaranteed way to fail is by not trying... or something like that. Trying, hoping, and dreaming = brave, in my book. Bravo to you.

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    1. Very true - trying, hoping, and dreaming.... you have to try. Thanks! :)

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  3. Great effort! Good luck to you. You win no matter how it turns out.

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  4. Eek! I can see why you're freaking out! But still, you'll never get anywhere if you don't try. Good luck! (And keep us posted!)

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    1. A little freak out is good. :) Thank you and I'll definitely keep you posted.

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  5. Best of luck! I wasn't able to enter because what I have now is kind of a collaborative thing. One less in the competition, right? :)

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    1. One less is good for me, but sorry that you couldn't do it. Thanks David!

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