Most of you have probably seen this, but I thought I'd bring it to your attention, anyway. I hope the creators of Create Space won't mind their contest posted on my blog. (can't imagine why they would) Here's their web address: https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/
Announcing: 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest
Great news! Amazon and Penguin Group (USA) have announced the fifth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, an international contest seeking fresh new voices in fiction. The Contest awards two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin Group (USA), including a $15,000 advance. The competition is open to unpublished and self-published novels.
CreateSpace will once again host the submission platform for the contest. Visit CreateSpace to:
Learn how the Contest works
Note key Contest dates
Create a free account (if you haven't already) to enter the Contest
Connect with other authors to discuss the Contest
Prepare your entry today. The submission period begins on January 23, 2012. The Contest submission period ends on February 5, 2012, or when the first 5,000 entries have been received in a category, whichever comes first.
Find out more.
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I'm not going to suggest that self-publishing is right or wrong for you. Every author has to make that distinction for themselves. I will say the publishing industry is changing--fast. Many authors, who would go the traditional route, now are no longer waiting for agents and publishers to say "okay, we want you."
Look at William Young's The Shack. Number one best seller for a long time. (great book, I loved it) He self-published that book. Love to know who his publicist was.
I don't work for CreateSpace, nor endorse it in any way. I have a small press traditional publisher, LSPDigital. However, you might be interested in reading what CreateSpace can do for you, as quoted from their website.
"With CreateSpace you can easily access tools, quality printing, booksellers, eBook distribution, and marketing strategies so that you can generate more opportunities than you imagined – all while building your following of readers.
Over a decade ago, we started this business with the intention of helping artists grow and be successful. This momentum (along with royalties you've earned) tells us that it's working, and we're really proud to be a part of that success."
So, if you intend to enter their contest, or just investigate what they can offer you, good luck. We all need good luck.