Saturday, February 26, 2011

Rule 1: Always have a backup plan

I was disappointed Thursday that Dead to Rights didn't make the first cut for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Well, sort of disappointed. If I'd made the first cut, it would have meant another round of waiting instead of getting the novel out there in front of a publisher.

So instead, the backup plan kicked in. On Thursday, I sent a query off to a publisher. I had been revising the story since submitting it to Amazon, and like it much better, actually. Admittedly, it had a few kinks in it when I submitted it to ABNA. I rushed to finish it, which is never a good idea, but it was so close to being done, I wanted to give it a shot.

So congrats to all the ABNA finalists, and wishing you the best of luck.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for my sub too! :)

6 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

Sorry to hear it, Cate. But I have more faith in the backup plan. ABNA was too much of a cattle call.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Maria - for the kind words, and for the faith!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

When someone like you doesn't make it I have to wonder who did. So far everyone I know who entered didn't make the cut. Good luck with your submission.

Cate Masters said...

I appreciate your generous words Susan! I think ABNA does tend to lean toward the literary. But I'm hoping the alternative works out just as well for me! lol

Emma Lai said...

Bummer, no one likes rejection even when the odds of acceptance are slim, but I'm sure it will find a home. :)

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Emma! Your lips to a publisher's ear, lol.