ABNA is the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. It runs annually and is open to books in the English language regardless of where in the world they are written. It accepts ten thousand entries so you can see it’s a big competition.
There are five categories in ABNA – The Cherry Blossom Murder has been selected in the Mystery/Thriller category. ABNA selects the top four hundred books in each category to go through to the next round, which means that, overall, eighty percent of the entries fail to make it through to this stage. So you can see why I’m pretty thrilled still to be in the running.
So have I won anything? Yes! I get a third prize, which is an Amazon Editors review of the first chapter of my book. If I make it any further there are more goodies. Second prize, for getting though to the quarter final, is a Publishers Weekly review of the book, first prize is an Amazon publishing contract and the grand prize is a publishing contract plus 50,000 dollars.
A long way to go yet, and plenty of fabulous books to compete with. But I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for the next round!