Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist

I feel like the father on A Christmas Story: “I’ve won a major award!”

If you’re the sort of folk who reads my blog, you are probably well acquainted with the ABNA contest. For 2009, Amazon accepted up to 10,000 entries of finished novels in February.

They narrowed the entries down to 2,000  on the basis of the Pitch (basically the meat of a query letter). Excerpts of the 2000 novels were then reviewed and scored before the 500 quarterfinalists were announced.

And The Edge of Memory was one of those 500 novels.

At this point, the contest gets a bit American Idolish… the quarterfinalist excerpts are posted on for Amazon customers to review. Based on these reviews and a formal score/review of the full manuscript by Publisher’s Weekly, the entries will be cut to 100 semifinalists on April 15th.

So, if you have the time and inclination to read and review my entry, I’d greatly appreciate it. You can download the excerpt here, and then click “Create your own review” to leave your thoughts and star-rating (the button to leave a review is on the right side of the page, just below the “Customer Reviews” heading.


10 Responses

  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I have already downloaded both your and Elana’s excerpts and I am so excited to read them!

  2. Congrats…I’ll be leaving comments for you and Elana today 🙂 Good luck…I ahope you both make it to the next round.

  3. Congrats! I’ll be following Kate and Christine’s lead.

  4. Wow, congrats to you! That is so awesome! (you QT people are amazing) I’ll download your excerpt and post a review soon.

  5. woohoo!!! congrats!!

  6. Congrats Heather! I’ll be reading yours too! 🙂

  7. You = awesomest!

  8. I’m so proud of you! Congrats!
    What a deserving story to be picked.

  9. Nice job – it’s hard to get a novel noticed a this level, and by too! Very impressive. I’ll check out the novel! : )

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