Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award

Amazon Breakthrough Novel AwardDo you have an unpublished or self-published novel you know readers will love? Enter your novel in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for a chance to win one of two $15,000 publishing contracts with Penguin USA and distribution of your novel on

On January 23, submissions are accepted for the First Round: Amazon editors will review a 300-word pitch of each entry. The top 1,000 entries in each category (2,000 total entries) will move on to the second round.  See the web site below for more details.

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Week #3 W.E. Contest Winner – David Antrobus

Today we’re pleased to announce the winner of the second weekly “Writing Exercise with a Twist” here at Indies Unlimited.

The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today (the pure prestige alone of which cannot even be measured in monetary terms – really), and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.

Unfortunately there were some voting irregularities addressed here. After adjusting accordingly, the seven entrants received a total of 44 votes, and claiming nearly 70% of those, the winner is: Contestant #6– Dave Antrobus.

Thank you to everyone who participated – excellent entries! Now, without further ado, (trumpet flourish) here’s the winning entry by David Antrobus: Continue reading “Week #3 W.E. Contest Winner – David Antrobus”

Ed’s Casual Friday: Everyone is a (one) Star.

Bad ReviewAs I’m sure many of my fellow writers have noticed at the various and sundry virtual watering holes around which we are wont to gather, one of the more common posts (right after “Buy my book!”) goes something like “I just got an awful review!” usually expressed with varying degrees of “How could this have possibly happened?”

How could it not have happened? My advice on such occasions is always to pick one of your favorite books of all time, something you think of as an absolute, perfect gem. Then go to any review site and page through the one-star reviews, of which there will likely be hundreds. Continue reading “Ed’s Casual Friday: Everyone is a (one) Star.”