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https://www.createspace.com/abna?ref=416792&utm_id=6058

Pitch need be submitted by 27 Jan 13

I am not as familiar with CreatSpace or Amazon's direct foray into publishing, but the advances offered for 4 first prize winners is $15K and for the grand prize winner is $50K, far higher than I've seen for new authors from traditional publishers.

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Yeah. I'm still put off by that popular vote aspect, though.
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I have to guess the competition will be insane. I know I'm not ready for something like this (especially since I don't have a complete novel yet, anyway).
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I look at it like the lottery: You gotta play to win.

I only have the one novel, and I've put off returning to it for a more experienced final review/revision until I've achieved writing/editing experience and sales (I'm gaining plemty of the former but none of the latter). If it was ready, I'd give it a shot. Nothing to lose, plenty to gain.

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I entered *The Keystone*, in part because I'm sick of researching agents and need a break.

A popular vote aspect of this makes sense, and it's only used to determine the grand prize winner. Since all the finalists are going to be published and receive a substantial advance, it doesn't really matter if you win the popular vote. True the grand prize winner gets a bigger advance,but since that's coming out of future royalties it doesn't matter that much.

Personally, I'll be happy if *The Keystone* makes it to the quarter-finals, although that is dubious. I am very confident of reaching the round before that, which is based entirely on the pitch.

I think people who can enter, should, unless they're confident in getting representation for their manuscript in the next several months. Even if your MS is not polished, it's a chance to get your pitches evaluated and opening chapters critiqued. A friend of mine got to the quarter finals with a not-quite-polished entry a few years back. She took the feedback she got from PW and fixed up her book, which subsequently landed her a three book deal with Tor.

I ran the numbers of a number of agents who represent the kind of stuff I write, and the ratio of offers of representation to queries is less than one per three thousand. One in *two thousand* entries in ABNA will get published -- although with Amazon's publishing houses which means you won't get stocked in Barnes and Nobles' bricks-and-mortar stores. Still, the odds aren't bad by publishing standards.

If you are thinking about entering, do it soon. Yes, the submissions period closes January 27, but they'll stop taking transmissions in each book category when they reach 2000. That means there's only two thousand slots to be shared by sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

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Well, at least if I make it to Sunday, I'll have a decent pitch. Hopefully.
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I guess I won't be entering after all. I had thought about because it wasn't the one I was thinking of but looking again looks like you have to have everything ready to entry at the same time before the 27th. I won't.
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Well, I went ahead and took the plunge.

I haven't had much luck with FIRE AND EARTH going through agents (even the agent that requested a partial through Pitch Wars had already rejected an earlier query for the same novel). Let's see if this works better.

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Good luck, Meredith.
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Good Success there Meredith.


Anyway we can vote on it?

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quote:
Originally posted by LDWriter2:
Good Success there Meredith.


Anyway we can vote on it?

Not at this point. That's only for those who make it through the various levels to the last 5 (out of up to 10,000).
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