Bittersweet’ness

sadness

Sadness!

So I didn’t make the 3rd round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.  So what!  I’m not going to cry.  Truth be told, I’m an idiot.  Part of the rules explicitly says to remove your name from all parts of the contest submissions (Pitch, Excerpt, Manuscript).  I didn’t remove my name from the manuscript.  Automatic disqualification.  Now, nobody would have seen the manuscript until AFTER I passed the 2nd round.  So I e-mailed ABNA to notify them I made the error a couple days ago, but no changes can be made after submission ends.  I accept my fate.  Plus, it’s better I didn’t advance knowing I’d be DQ’d in the next round.  I would have taken up a spot that should have gone to a legitimate contender.  However, I still received feedback on the excerpt which are below:

#1:

What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt?

The writer knows the rudiments of the sci fi genre. He or she delivers a credible tale about a credible attempt to save the species in the midst of an epidemic — a theme that certainly resonates with sci fi fans.

What aspect needs the most work?

Much of the tale is overwritten and overly dramatic. It did not help that there was such a strong religious underpinning, which distracted from the forward propulsion of the story. I felt that the characters simply weren’t two-dimensional enough.

What is your overall opinion of this excerpt?

I think the excerpt needs work to compete effectively. The writer relies on evocative images (“cold, trembling hand”) instead of creating unique word-pictures. More work is needed to round out the characters and the plot.

#2

What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt?

The goodness and faith of the President and his wife in attempting to lead. The awfulness of taking the young away, the rapid decline and loss of so many, and the devastation left behind are quite palpable as we get to know Josh.

What aspect needs the most work?

There is a great deal of action in the excerpt. It is of course very necessary due to the beginning plot of this novel. Throughout this science fiction/horror story, the author needs to maintain a human interest in the characters.

What is your overall opinion of this excerpt?

A very fine beginning that with an eye to staying on the mystery and human character track could make for a very successful thriller.

happiness

These reviews are awesommmmeee!!111

I wouldn’t argue with either of these.  I’d say compared to the rest of the story, the prologue has the least amount of depth.  It almost immediately sets up the conflict, so you know what is at stake.  But the depth of character and story doesn’t come until Chapter 1 begins.  ABNA was a lot of fun, and I’ll certainly join again next year!

The good news is, my giveaway books from Goodreads has made it into the hands of the winners, and a handful have rapidly read and reviewed the book.  I’ve gained a fan…yes…ONE whole fan, so that’s awesome. 🙂  The reviews have been overly positive and I’m glad to hear people are enjoying it.  Here are some that were (or will be) posted on Goodreads:

This book was won through a GoodReads Giveaway! Huge thank you to the author, Timothy H. Scott for the signed copy.  This book was more like a 3.5 stars. But there is not an option for it. Very quick read. Pretty fast paced, as it would have to be because its only 200 pages long.I enjoyed the storyline and I even liked the characters. I wish there was more of a back story, depicting what happened on Earth to make people venture into Space looking for a new safe habitable planet. I also wish there was more storyline into the Academy and the planet they eventually land on. I would have loved this book, had it been longer with much more information. What happens to Josh and Leah? How did these people survive? What or who made these man killing robots? I am hoping for a sequel. I would definitely love a sequel.

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This was a great book. I started it and finished it in two days. I literally could not put it down. Took it with me to work and read it instead of working! Passed it onto my son and now he is reading and loving it. Reminded me a lot of “darkness beyond the stars” by Frank Robinson. Great story about what might be the last two humans left. Definitely a must read.

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I just finished this book today and I loved it! It was very exciting. I enjoyed how Timothy Scott included a second survivor instead of just the main character by himself. The book starts out and goes right into the action, so it was a page turner from the start. The language was fresh and engaging and the pacing of the plot was perfect. However, It was a quick read and it seemed to end a bit abruptly. I would’ve liked to read a bit more. Is there a sequel?? 🙂

Definitely made my day!  It currently has 9 ratings, with an average of 4.11/5.  I’ve decided it’s worth pursuing a sequel to ACBW, and will be working on that after I finish Dustland.  There’s enough back-story that I left on the table to easily create one.  It’s been interesting to hear readers’ take on the fact that I left a lot of questions unanswered.  I purposely did this, as I wanted to focus on Josh and Leah exclusively, with the circumstances surrounding them being just as mysterious to the reader as it is to them.  Some people don’t like so much left unanswered, but most do enjoy it, but they still want to find out more in a sequel (and I’m interested in telling them!)

Writing is a fun gig!!

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One comment

  1. Msnvrmnd

    Perfect ending for a sequel, I agree. Congrats on a fine job and a well written, very interesting book. I loved the story and can’t wait for the sequel.

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