Sunday, January 20, 2008

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

It's being a long winter here in Billyland, but a welcome ray of light has peeked through. My novel, Hoodoo, is a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

I don't particularly believe in contests, and I'd completely forgotten I entered this one. But I gotta say, I'm tickled. This one's an interesting contest; it gives at least a portion of the power to the unwashed masses - you know, readers - in addition to the usual few who decide what makes it into print.

The novel will now get a full review from Publisher's Weekly (that would be the usual few), and is in the running for a publishing deal from Penguin.

But one of the factors that will decide whether Hoodoo makes it to the next level will be reviews from actual, real-life readers.

If you wanna have a say, go to my Amazon page, click the download button, and read the excerpt. Don't worry, it's a short excerpt. If you like what you read, write a glowing review. If you don't like it, write a nasty review. Write whatever you like! It's the Internets!

If you write a few good reviews, there may be something in it for you. According to Amazon: "The three customers who provide the most high quality reviews will be qualified to win one of three customer prizes, including an Amazon kindle reader, $2000 in Amazon gift card value, and an HP photo printer. Learn more at"

All in all, it's probably all about driving more traffic to Amazon's site so they can sell more stuff. The wheel turns and we all do our part.

But I still think it's pretty damn cool.


booklady said...

That's absolutely fantastic! Congratulations!

By the way, I just wanted to let you know that I'm back. I had Novelist in Training, but the site was hijacked a year ago (which is why the link now takes you to a page full of ads). I'm now located at, if you're curious.

anne said...

Hey, that's fantastic news! I haven't had time to read the whole thing yet, but I have started, and I love the style - it seems very energetic, or something like that. Make sense?
Also, I'm in awe: it's so different from the style of your writing on here...

Chemical Billy said...

Booklady! Welcome back. I've given you some linky goodness.

Anne, thanks!