MILANO, ITALY, March 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Indie Author, A. Scott's debut novel, "The Cornuta Curse", Book One in the Love Locks series, has been announced as a Round One winner in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest for 2014.
Up to 10,000 novels were entered into the competition across five different categories: General Fiction, Mystery and Thriller, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror and Young Adult Fiction. The top 400 novels in each category will now proceed to Round Two, including The Cornuta Curse, which celebrates its position among the best entries in the Romance category.
Entry into Round Two puts The Cornuta Curse on track to follow the path of last year's grand prize winner, "Timebound" by Rysa Walker, who was awarded a contract with Skyscape Publishing and is currently ranked number one in several Amazon Kindle Best Sellers lists.
Past recipients of this award also include "Fresh Kills" by Bill Loehfelm, "Bill Warrington's Last Chance" by James King, "Farishta" by Patricia McArdle and "Sign Language" by Amy Ackley, who all went on to secure publishing contracts with Pengiun.
Novels entered into the competition are judged by a range of expert reviewers from Amazon, CreateSpace and Publishers Weekly, with the finalists also judged by Amazon customers. Open to unpublished and self-published novels only, A.Scott, explains the importance of the Contest, to new budding authors,
"The world of self-publishing can be daunting, thrilling and almost always completely overwhelming. One day you're lost in the world of your characters, for me this means following Mara in her journey into the medieval world of pirates, adultery and murder in the Cinque Terre in Italy, and the next, designing book covers, drumming up sales and analysing book rankings. I have to admit there have been occasions when I have signed off correspondence to readers with Mara's name not my own!
"The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest offers Indie Authors the rare opportunity to share their imaginary worlds with a range of influential publishing experts and most importantly, avid readers. It's one of the best bookshelves in the world to be on and I am thankful that The Cornuta Curse has been granted a spot on the romance shelf for Round Two of the competition."
The next round will see the top 100 entries in each of the five categories advance to the Quarter-Finals on April 14, 2014. Other key dates include the customer vote between July 8 - 18, 2014 and the Grand Prize winner announcement on July 21, 2014.
The four First Prize winners will each receive a publishing contract with an advance of $15,000, while the Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with an advance of $50,000.
More information on the Contest and full lists of the round two entrants can be found here.
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