On this blog every Tuesday and Friday I write about story techniques, structure, and/or publishing. Comments and questions are welcome. I also have a personal blog, Amy Deardon, on which I write about a variety of topics purely as they catch my fancy.

I've written one novel, A Lever Long Enough, that I'm honored to say has won two awards. In my life BC (before children) I was a scientist who did bench research.

My book, The Story Template: Conquer Writer's Block Using the Universal Structure of Story, is now available in both hard-copy and e-book formats. I also coach would-be novelists and screenwriters to develop their story. YOU CAN CONTACT ME at amydeardon at yahoo dot com.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Announcing: 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

This is an announcement I received, and am passing on. For more information go to https://www.createspace.com/abna?ref=478921&utm_id=5957


Great news! Amazon and Penguin Group (USA) have announced the fifth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, an international contest seeking fresh new voices in fiction. The Contest awards two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin Group (USA), including a $15,000 advance. The competition is open to unpublished and self-published novels.

CreateSpace will once again host the submission platform for the contest. Visit CreateSpace to:

* Learn how the Contest works
* Note key Contest dates
* Create a free account (if you haven't already) to enter the Contest
* Connect with other authors to discuss the Contest

Prepare your entry today. The submission period begins on January 23, 2012. The Contest submission period ends on February 5, 2012, or when the first 5,000 entries have been received in a category, whichever comes first.

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