Julie Wright is one of my really cool author friends.
She and I entered the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest without even knowing each other did . . .
And now we are both semi-finalists. Pretty cool.(I entered with QUEEN, Julie entered with a romantic comedy.)
When I first received the notification, I ignored it, thinking "Yeah, EVERYONE is a semi-finalist." Then I discovered from another friend that there were 5,000 entries, and now they are narrowed down to about 800 . . . well, 200 in my category.
So I checked out the link this afternoon, and I was surprised to see that some people had actually read my contest excerpt and had REVIEWED it. I received a good smattering of 5 stars, 4 stars, and a couple of 3 stars.
Reading the reviews is already helping me improve the manuscript and get a good idea of the marketability of the novel.
So you can check out my entry here: QUEEN
And Julie's here: THE DAY MY SUBCONSCIOUS BETRAYED ME
You can click on the Download link to read the excerpt, then post your own review. There are some cool prizes for the best "reviewers"--kind of fun.