My Real Life

April 27, 2010

You Win Some…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 5:40 pm

…well, you know the rest.

Today they announced the 50 semi-finalists in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

You may remember that I was a quarterfinalist.

I am not, however, a semi-finalist.

Am I disappointed?

You betcha.

Am I surprised?

Not really.

I read most of those excerpts and I’m shocked that most of them hadn’t already been published.

So, where do I go from here?

My immediate plan is to use tonight to wallow.

If I didn’t have choir tonight, (and if I wasn’t still sick), I’d pack the family in the car and head to Friendly’s for a 7-scoop Reese’s Peanut Butter Sundae.

However, my health and my schedule have other plans.

So, instead, I’ll go to choir, come home and snuggle up with Real Man to watch some television.

Tomorrow morning, I’ll wake up, dust myself off, and get moving with the rest of my life.

First order of business (other than work) will be to join a writer’s group that a co-worker of Real Man’s (a published co-worker of Real Man) suggested I join.

Second order of business will be to update my query with my new information:

1.  I was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

2.  I have two, official reviews, as well as 15 customer reviews…all positive.

And then…


I’m just going to write.

March 24, 2010

We Interrupt our Regularly Scheduled Programming…

I lied.

I’ll tell you about Bloomie’s and Rosa Mexicano’s tomorrow.

For now, though, I’ve got some other news!
As you may remember, a few months ago, I submitted my novel to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. They originally took 5,000 entries, and in the second round, narrowed it to 1,000. I was thrilled to have made that cut. As of yesterday, they have narrowed the field again, to the 250 quarterfinalists. I’m in!

In this next round, our excerpts have been posted on and are awaiting customer reviews. So, if you are so inclined, I would love if you could help me out!

If you go to, in the Search All Departments box, type in “Amy Bozza.” (Tee-hee…I’m on Amazon!) You will get a list and my excerpt will be first. There will be a tan box to the left that says “Thriller and Suspense” and then to the right of that is my name and the title, which is “The Follow Through.” If you click on the title, it will take you to the page for my excerpt. Here’s the direct link to my page.
You have to download the excerpt, but there is a catch. They only allow downloads to Kindle’s or to Kindle for PC. Imagine my dismay, as I don’t own a Kindle, however, I was able to quickly and freely download Kindle for PC. Again, it’s FREE. Took about two minutes. Once you download the program, you can go back and download the excerpt. If you have a Kindle, you can download directly to your Kindle.

This is the important part: After you have read the excerpt, please go back to Amazon and leave a customer review. I’m happy to take high-fives on the blog in the comments, but please keep the reviews “business-like.”

I warn you ahead of time…you may be surprised that it came from me, as the story can be a little violent at times, but, it’s fiction, folks. Pretend it isn’t me who wrote it, if you need to.

Thank you for your support!

February 25, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:17 pm

So, in the beginning of February, I entered my novel in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

In the initial stages, they only accept 5,000 entries.

Then, for the second round, they narrow the 5,000 down to 1,000.

Well, I made the cut!

I know this isn’t even CLOSE to winning the contest.

There are many more rounds to go through, but still, it feels good!

In the first round, they read our pitches.

In the second round, they are reading our excerpts, which are the first 5,000(?) words.  Can’t quite remember how many words the excerpt was.  Anyway, it’s the first X amount of words from our novels.

Then, they’ll narrow it down to 250 contestants for the third round.

If you make it to the third round, they will post your excerpt at and people can go on and read and review the excerpts, and they go from there.

So, I’m in round two.

Someone, somewhere is reading my excerpt and deciding if I make it to the third round.

The next date I am waiting for is March 23, 2010.  That’s when they post those who go on.

Fingers crossed!

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