How Being a Semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest Has Improved My Life

  1. Free congratulatory lunches with my closest friends!!! Thanks Ant and Lin for celebrating my successes with me. It’s amazing to have had decades of our life journey together.
  2. The awesome reviews by fellow bloggers, family, personal friends, writing buddies, and unknown but always appreciated reviewers. You guys took the time to read my stuff and share your thoughts. That is so precious to me. As a writer, your support and feedback is invaluable. Thank you!
  3. People now believe I am a writer. Despite the 5 years of writing, placing in an international contest gives me “Writing” creds.ย  What’s always been a serious venture to me is suddenly serious to others too.
  4. I’ve made my parents proud. They took me to dinner to celebrate. But more importantly they’ve been supporting my writing for years and now they get to share in this “win” with me. Every round that I advanced we screamed and danced together. Except Dad, er, he doesn’t dance. ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. I’ve gotten a couple requests from agents on the novel.
  6. It’s a definite confidence booster to have several individuals judge my work and move it forward in the contest.
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62 Responses to How Being a Semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest Has Improved My Life

  1. limebirdbeth says:

    wooooo hhoooooooo

  2. Rhonda Lane says:

    How wonderful! I am SO proud of you this opportunity/blessing. Congratulations!

  3. kford2007 says:

    I’m so thrilled for you!!! Keep us posted on all latest developments!

  4. jmmcdowell says:

    It’s always best when we recognize the positive people and events in our life! It’s so easy to let them slip away or go unappreciated. Hope you’ll hear some good news from those agents, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • There is so much unpositive and waiting and loneliness on the road to publication. I try to savor every victor,no matter how minor. Otherwise it’s not fun and it becomes work. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks JM! Me too!

  5. I’m so happy for you Kourtney, so exciting! I’ve got everything crossed for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. La La says:

    Yay! I am seriously excited for you as though it were me this was happening to, except it’s not, haha.

  7. sportsjim81 says:

    Wow, great stuff Kourt! Agents inquiries? Awesome! Keep it up!

    • Thanks Jim! Partial requests…hoping they lead to fulls. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think mentioning the contest in the query helps cement that I’m serious about writing and that I may even gasp have some talent. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. crubin says:

    Congrats on the agent inquiries! Yes, it is safe to say you are a writer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Cat Forsley says:

    WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ๐Ÿ™‚
    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAAYAYAYAYYAAYAY
    ๐Ÿ™‚ COULD I BE ANY HAPPIER FOR YOU ?
    ๐Ÿ™‚ MY GOODNESS …XO
    CONGRATS MISS KOURTNEY
    GIANT HUGS
    AND I KNOW IN MY HEART ………….
    I JUST HAVE THAT GUT INSTINCT THAT THIS IS IT !!!!!!!!!!!
    ๐Ÿ™‚
    SO DANGGGGGGG HAPPY FOR YOU ๐Ÿ™‚
    STILL CHEERING WITH THE RED POM POMS ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL
    AND WON’T STOP ๐Ÿ™‚

    XO YOUR FRIEND XX
    C

    • Aw Catherine thank you so much for you unflinching support and belief in me! Best cheerleader ever! : ) Oh I really hope you are right. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the red pom poms.

      Hugs,
      Kourtney

      • Cat Forsley says:

        I HAVE TAKEN ON THE OFFICIAL CHEERLEADER ROLE ๐Ÿ™‚
        I GOT THE POM POMS
        THE “GIMME A K”
        AND THE DANCED ALL CHOREOGRAPHED –
        A BIT LIKE “GLEE ” ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL XO
        THIS IS WHAT I AM TEACHING THE KIDS AT SCHOOL ๐Ÿ™‚ XX
        DON’T STOP BELIEVING BABY XO

        • OMG, you are AMAAZING!

          LOL. WOW. I’m in awe of anyone who can sing like that!

          I’m going to believe. ๐Ÿ™‚

          XO

          • Cat Forsley says:

            BELIEVE IN YOU BABE .
            1000000000000000000000000000000%
            WE ARE DOING THIS SONG MINUS – THE CHEAP PERFUME LYRICS…..
            IT’S A BIT EDITED ….LOL- FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 AND THEIR EARS ๐Ÿ™‚
            ๐Ÿ™‚
            THERE IS THIS SWEET LITTLE BOY WHOM PLAYS GUITAR JUST LIKE IN THAT SOLO …..
            I AM IN AWWWW OF HIM ….

            AS I AM IN AWWWWW OF YOU ๐Ÿ™‚
            SO DON’T STOP BELIEVING ๐Ÿ™‚ LALALALAL ๐Ÿ™‚
            ๐Ÿ™‚
            XO

          • That’s so cool. Yes, edit it for the young-uns. Aw he sounds so adorable! Thank you so much! If you get a tape of the performance I’d love to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

            XO
            Kourtney

          • Cat Forsley says:

            ๐Ÿ™‚
            I WILL GET PICS FOR SURE ……
            AND THEY ALL SIGNED MEDIA RELEASES ..
            SO —— YES ๐Ÿ™‚
            THAT’S A GREAT IDEA – IT’S ON THE 16TH ……
            ๐Ÿ™‚
            THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION XOXOXO
            NIGHT NIGHT
            AND ….
            GIMME A K !!!!!
            XO
            C

          • Cool! Love to see the pic. If anyone can tape it on their smart phone that would be great to see too. ๐Ÿ™‚

            Sleep pleasantly,
            Kourtney

          • Cat Forsley says:

            ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ XOXOXOXO

          • ๐Ÿ™‚ XOXOXOXOXO ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Emmie Mears says:

    SO happy for you, Kourtney! You deserve it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Wow, Kourtney! I just read your excerpt and I am so hooked! Can’t wait until you get it published — Good luck!

  12. Yatin says:

    i am trying to make a difference my knowing a Semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest! ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s pleasure reading your blog & there’s always something to learn from awesome bloggers/writers like you & your comments/feedback is always inspirational.
    Once again Congratulations on your achievements! And I am sure there’s more on the way.

    • Yatin, thank you so very much for your kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad my blog is helpful. There are so many great writers’ blogs out there, I appreciate you taking the time to read mine. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so very much–I really really hope so. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. CC MacKenzie says:

    Well done!

    And how wonderful that your family is so supportive and celebrate with you. I love that. Enjoy the moment and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the next round!

    • Thanks CC! After all those years toiling at the desk, it’s nice to have some sort of achievement that everyone can point to and say she is a writer. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am very blessed by family’s support. I’m grateful that Amazon gives me a full 3 weeks to be a reigning semifinalist. ๐Ÿ™‚ Aw thanks, I’m hoping so too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I am so so so pleased for you!
    anne

  15. You’ve hit the bigger time! YEA! (well earned and well deserved). While 1-6 are all terrific. NOTHING is better than that #4. (No doubt your dad is dancing in his soul.)

    • Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL. #4 is really the best. They’ve invested so much time and energy in me, it’s nice to give them something to be proud of. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I think his soul is grooving around. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Samir says:

    What a blast. Congrats again! Enjoy the feeling ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. It's the little things that make life great.berry says:

    Congrats again. You should be proud. It is quite an accomplishment.

    • Thanks! I’m really happy and it’s wonderful to have people to share in the accomplishment. Toasting with friends and family makes it so much more special to me!

  18. bzerilli says:

    Congratulations, Kourtney! Hard work and wonderful writing does pay off:-)

    • Thanks Beth! I definitely feel that takes chances helped too. Entering a contest and putting our work out there is the only way to get it in front of people. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I read your excerpt, it’s great! I can see why you’ve made it this far in the contest. And good luck with the agents. Now you have to get this published so I can read the rest of the story! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 4amWriter says:

    I’m doubly happy to have gotten to know you just before you started hitting it big, because I feel like I’ve seen you at your best before your writing took off, and at your best while your writing is wowing those judges. Keep rockin’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aw thanks so much Kathryn! It’s been lovely getting to know you too! I really enjoy your blog posts and I appreciate you finding the time to stop by and comment here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fingers and toes are crossed for the onward momentum to continue. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. klynwurth says:

    So happy for you! Someday maybe I’ll get to read some of your fiction. I look forward to it.

    • Thanks so much Kelly! Hopefully this contest will help me gain an agent or an editor. That’s the dream. Either they read my excerpt or I keep advancing. Either works for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • klynwurth says:

        That’s the spirit! Write on…

        • Will do. Right now I’m in the midst of a laptop migration that required I buy a fire wire for an 800 port, but ofc when I get to the store they only sell them by # of prongs and not port name. Gotta love those tech moments. Unfortunately writing was curtailed all weekend. Hoping to get back to it on Tuesday at this point. If the tech gods side with me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Pete Denton says:

    I enjoy reading your blog and being inspired to keep believing. I hope you get good news later in the month at the next stage. The odd free lunch doesn’t hurt either ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks Pete! It’s a really long road to becoming a published author. But I try to celebrate every hill I tackle. Me too!!! I’m so grateful to how far I progressed in this contest. I’d love to advance another round. But either way I get to keep the title of semifinalist and that’s pretty cool to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ And the free lunch is such a sweet thing. Someone celebrating your accomplishment. It was an unexpected delight. ๐Ÿ™‚

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