I hesitate to write this, but I have just reached the 10k word mark on Rhine, Rhine, Go Away. Yes, I know, I started before Christmas. This is abominably slow, even for me, but hey, I had to take some time off for the holidays! I am getting up steam now and my goal is be finished by the Summer time. Fingers crossed on that one!
I’m also entering The Rhine Maiden into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award again this year. Last year I made the mistake of writing my pitch as if I were the author. This year, I looked at the pitches that won and realized that everyone wrote theirs as if they were the agent. “A finely crafted story, that perfectly captures . . .” blah, blah, blah. It feels kind of silly touting your own work as if it were the next best thing to Shakespeare, but I’m guessing that “this mediocre story will keep you somewhat entertained” probably doesn’t sell too many books. I’m claiming that “Filled with comedy, action, and thrills, The Rhine Maiden is “suburban” fantasy at its best!”
So, wish me luck! Last year I didn’t make it past the first round, so this year I’m really hoping to make it to round 2!