AMAZON CONTEST: I’m registered! Wanna read?

Well, I went crazy and decided to register for the contest already. I’m sending the Kay and Whit book, _In the Pundit’s Corner_.

{EDIT: Anyone out there who wants to read the first three chapters, which is about the length of the excerpt they’ll initially post, please contact me at shalanna at comcast dot net!}

Here’s the 150-character description I ended up sending: “Romantic comedy/suspense. Producer at a cable news network must work with Homeland Security to track down leader of terrorist cell working at one of the shows.”

Now I just have to worry about the book being polished enough. I’ve polished up the first three chapters fairly well–y’all have seen them, pretty much, if not in the final form–and can work on the rest for the next seven days. By the end of that time, I’ve got to upload my manuscript and a separate file containing the first 5,000 words . . . and “bibliographic information” (I’ve e-mailed to ask them what the heck they mean by that) and “a .jpg of the cover” (I also asked them how they expected us to do that, when it’s supposed to never have been pubbed . . . I guess you get to put in something that you think will attract readers as your cover icon. How about an LJ icon? Ha!)

I’ll probably post a few problematic passages here for critique over the next couple of days.

Here are some of the important “terms and conditions” rules from the registration page.

Manuscripts must be 175,000 words or less.
[“Fewer,” guys, but no matter.]

Manuscripts and Excerpts must be in Times New Roman and 12-point font; be double-spaced and paginated with a 1-inch margin on all sides (in a manner enabling reformat to single-space display easily, i.e., no “hard” returns to achieve double spacing); be of interior black and white text without images; be in digital format in Microsoft Word .doc format; not have been previously published in whole or in part under the same title and with substantially the same text, and sold or distributed through any retail or paid distribution channel; not currently or previously have been the subject of a publishing agreement with any publishing house; ****not include the author’s name in the body of the Manuscript or in the Excerpt*** [THEY HID THAT LITTLE GOTCHA, DIDN’T THEY?! NO NAMES IN THE SLUGLINE OR HEADER? ASKING!]; and meet the content guidelines found at [That’s just a little ditty about no porn and no “erotica/romantica.” Whew!]

Limit one Entry per e-mail address and person. In the event any entrant submits more than one Entry, the first Entry received by Sponsors will be deemed that entrant’s Entry.

Sponsors reserve the right in their sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify at any time any Entry containing obscene, offensive, pornographic or sexually explicit material, or libelous, disparaging or other inappropriate content or subject matter (as determined by Sponsors AT their sole discretion).

[And here’s one that I don’t have to worry about, but people who use a lot of dropped pop culture icon names like “Britney Spears” and so forth might]
Entrants represent that they have received the consent of any person (or parent or legal guardian if such person is a minor) whose real and actual name and/or likeness is used or featured in any Entry submitted. Failure to obtain such consent will disqualify the Entry. Sponsors shall have the right at any time during the Contest to request proof of such consent and to disqualify any Entry for which such consent cannot be provided. [Ha! For once, my policy of inventing brand names and celebrity names except for famous Dead Celebrities Who Are Pop Cultural Icons works in my favor!! And I haven’t used any of THOSE that I can’t take out!]

The initial judging is going to be done not by crazy wild voting as with the Gather thing but by Amazon editors (whoever they might be) and those famous reviewers like Harriet who gave me five stars. That sounds good to me. *grin*
Better than the usual popularity contest in which the person with the most minions clicking from all over the place wins.

Anyhow . . . now to draw a cover! *not really*


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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