Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award: The Golden Writing Ticket!

Okay, I must admit, I felt a little like a child waiting for 9:01 to roll around this evening. I was determined to make sure my Amazon Breakthrough Novel submission was counted as one of the first 10,000. No idea how long it takes for that number to be hit, but I have to say it took an awful long time for my browser to load Create Space… As I waited, I felt like one of those kids hoping for a tour of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

The good news, my submission is now complete! After a weekend of pretty much non-stop editing, I think I have earned a complete week off Expecting Happiness. Zero novel work will be done, which actually feels like a treat, (odd, I know, since I like writing, but the editing part isn’t my favorite).

What do I plan to do with all this time off, you ask? Sleep, yoga, weekend getaway with my mom. Read someone else’s book, perhaps? I feel like I’m on vacation even though I have to wake up for work tomorrow morning…

And, to top it all off, I have this lovely song stuck in my head. Fun for five minutes, annoying every second after. Wishing you good luck if you’re searching for that same golden ticket!

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12 thoughts on “Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award: The Golden Writing Ticket!

  1. jeffo says:

    Congratulations and good luck! It’s funny how we can love our books, and love the process of writing, and still want nothing more than to be done with them at times. I remember how good it felt to get my first draft done right before vacation. It made me feel like I’d earned the time off. Best of luck with the contest!

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Much agreed! I put a lot of pressure on myself to get writing work done after teaching all day. Nice to take a break, even though I know I’ll be eager to get back to it! 🙂

  2. Taryn says:

    Wow, good for you! Good luck!

  3. kingmidget says:

    I wasn’t planning on submitting mine last night until I read your earlier post about submitting yours at 9:01. As the day wound down, I was racing through my manuscript and finished my last review of it just before 9:00, so what the heck. I had my pitch ready to go. A half hour later, I was done. This has been one of those mental road blocks I’ve had for the past few months. The other is finishing my script. That’s my goal now — get that thing done this week. Once I do that, I think there won’t be any more mental road blocks in the way of getting back to new writing.
    Congrats to you on getting your manuscript in and good luck!
    Almost forgot — submitting early is critical as they get to the 10,000 limit well before the deadline.
    And one more thing … I’ve got a golden ticket. 🙂

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Love it! Yes, I edited all weekend, too. I didn’t think I was going to make it through the whole thing, I thought I’d have to submit partially complete, but somehow I made it through. Definitely more to be done for my own purposes, but felt good to make it! Congrats to you, too! Excited to see who does have those golden tickets, even if it’s not me, it’s fun to live vicariously 🙂

  4. Covetotop says:

    A bestseller from Sacramento is about to hit the world … 🙂

  5. Kozo says:

    Congrats, Olivia. I put off my submission until next year. 😦
    I didn’t want to go up against Expecting Happiness. I can’t wait to see you at Willy Wonka’s Book Factory. Good luck.

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