Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
What happens next?
On July 8, Amazon Publishing will announce the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalists and voting will begin for the Grand Prize winner. So, keep everything crossed Hart is chosen as her category's finalist and then get ready to vote. In the meantime, you can see details of all the semi-finalists here and download a free excerpt from her ABNA nominated novel.
Booktrack Hugh Howey Competition
Have you heard of Booktrack: Soundtracks for Books? I hadn't until I received an email from them after they'd read a sample of one of my stories. I usually ignore emails from sites recommending their products, because most of the time they're not relevant or are trying to trick you into something you don't need or want. However, the email was professionally worded and contained links (a quick Google search verified the site's authenticity). So, I had a nose around their site and liked what I found.
In short, you upload fiction, add music, ambient sounds and effects from their 1000s of tracks, thus creating a soundtrack for your writing. Then you share it with their community of readers. It's about creating a different experience for your readers.
What made me excited was seeing that Hugh Howey had uploaded Sand Part One, along with a soundtrack. And there's more for all those Hugh Howey fans out there. Backtrack, Wattpad, Writer's Digest, and Hugh Howey have teamed up for a truly unique contest.
Create a soundtrack for or fan fiction story (with soundtrack) for Howey's Halfway Home. The competition is free to enter and has two awesome prizes - $5000 and editorial feedback from Howey or $5000 and a chance to soundtrack Howey's The Hurricane. The competition closes on July 31st.
Are you tempted by the competition or to try creating a soundtrack for one of your stories? I am, by both options. Have you read Halfway Home? I already have the book in my TBR pile, so it's going to be read soon.
That's it for today's post, but I'd love to hear the news from your part of the world.