Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award – Brent KnowlesAmazon introduced the Breakthrough Novel Award in A maximum of 5, manuscripts were accepted during the contest period,  which ran between October 1, and November 5, In mid-January , up to authors were selected as semi-finalists and received a capsule review of their manuscript from Publishers Weekly. On February 19, , semi-finalists had their manuscripts read by Penguin editors. On March 3, , the top ten finalists were announced. All received a prize package from HP and a self-publishing package from BookSurge. Amazon customers voted to pick the grand-prize winner.
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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is now accepting entries!
Image: Matthew Loffhagen. Winners can receive a Kindle Press publishing contract for their ebook, and their work will be considered for print publication. Winning entries also benefit from featured Amazon marketing — one of the most successful booksellers in the world will be trumpeting your work. The competition is only open to never-before-published works of romance, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, action, contemporary fiction and historical fiction. You can find out more here.
No Negotiating Allowed
If they never get around to publishing a hardcover or enhanced media, or if they only publish in English, does the contract contain language reverting those rights to the author in a timely fashion? If not, authors stand to lose money they could have made by self-publishing or offering the rights to another publisher. Unfortunately, these only specify that Amazon will publish in hardcover, paperback, ebook Kindle only, right? This rule alone is a deal-breaker for me. In six months my manuscript could reach a dozen or more agents or editors who might be interested in publishing it. Or I could publish it myself. Then what?