Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weds: Chin up and swimming as fast as I can . . .

The announcements for quarter-finalists in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) were posted Monday at noon.

Out of 10,000 entrants in 5 categories, 2,000 were selected to move forward in the first round. Entrants have now been winnowed down to 100 quarter-finalists in those 5 categories. 

Get ready for the Yahoo! 
Lion making his presence known! (Camp 2010)
 Years of Stone is in the quarter-finals!!! 

I guess it's time to order an amazing cover from Angie Zambrano (she's made my two covers). 

Robin Cain's The Secret Miss Rabbit Kept (already available online), is also in the quarter finals. Robin is someone I know from the NOVELS-L group on The Internet Writing Workshop, an excellent crit group. Her book is now on my to-be-reviewed list.

--Continue work on Years of Stone edits. 5 out of 7 days: Progress: So far, so good. 2 out of 3 days.
--Post on writing blog 6x, travel blog 1x, ROW80 2x and read 10. Progress: Keeping up with ROW80 and a daily poem for the A to Z Blogging Challenge in April. Half-way with a post for the travel blog. Have read 5 others so far.
--Crit 1 sub for NOVELS-L and sub another chapter of Years of Stone. ProgressPosted the crit for Bob White's wip, To Catch a Monster.
--Posted 5 star review of B. A. Shapiro's The Art Forger on GoodReads.
--Continue updating Marketing Plan and outreach. Progress:  Found and am pondering Gunson's excellent article on building an e-mail list.

--Prep book club questions for Standing Stones
--Prep for book signing at Auntie's Bookstore on Saturday.
--For WSQ: Write article (deadline May 1) on Applique Society, finish 2 quilts, order library books.

There's always more, but this is enough! May your week go well.

Check out what other ROW80 folks are doing HERE.


  1. Look at you go! You're doing great, Beth. Keep it up. Congrats on being in the quarter finals. :)

    1. Thanks, Ryan, for visiting. Your blog posts have been very helpful.

  2. Great start!

    Now, my brain has completely forgotten what you posted because my eye has caught the cover of "The Mermaid Quilt" and I am completely intrigued! It looks like your mermaid is in the "no knees" camp (pun intended.) My steampunk mermaids DO have knees...and there's a reason for it! I did that because so much mermaid art makes the tail bend as if it was a woman's legs...with KNEES.

    I must go check it out now!

    1. Thank you, AmyBeth, for visiting. I do really like that new cover for "The Mermaid Quilt" and now that I know about 'knees', I have to check out YOUR covers! And I'll look at my own drawing with new eyes!

  3. Congrats, Beth! That's great news.

    Good luck with your ROW80 goals. Regarding the marketing side of things, have you read "Rise of the Machines" by Kristen Lamb? It has a lot of good advice on building an author platform.

    1. Hello, Denise. Thanks for the book recommendation. It's now on my list. I do read her blog now and again. I think almost the biggest challenge is there's so much advice out there, it's easy to become overwhelmed. That's why I keep that goal of organizing on my ROW80 goals, but it is definitely slow going.

  4. Congrats, Beth! Crossing my fingers for you. :)

  5. Congrats on the quarter-finals!! *sending lots of positive vibes your way* Looks like you're making some great progress as well with your goals. (Also, I love the lion!) Hope you had a great week!

    1. Thanks, Kat. The lion was actually yawning, but somehow, here, it could be a roar! What's interesting is how rapidly technology is changing how we write. So far, at least for me, not what.


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