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Beyond Cloud Nine Misses ABNA 2013 Quarterfinals

For the second year in a row, BC9 reached the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, and once again, BC9 missed the third (quarterfinal) round. It's extremely disappointing and frustrating given the amount of work I've put into editing, rewriting, research, and everything else surrounding the novel. I'm not normally one to complain, but I feel one of the two reviewers slammed the novel with a few biased personal opinions rather than an objective manuscript critique. That said, his or her review sounded a lot worse the first time I read it, back when I was pretty upset. It sucks to miss the cut largely because of the luck of the draw. I have little doubt that two different random reviewers could and probably would have loved the story.

I plan to post another blog entry with the reviews in a segment I like to call "review the reviewer." This will allow you to judge how fairly the reviewers judged my work. Following that, my next step is to pick out the genuine recommendations from the reviews and use them to improve the story.

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