By Michael Seese
A few posts back, I mulled over launching my own personal "NaNoWriMo," a self-imposed and self-guided effort to just get a book done. I was considering a YA fantasy that I had been kicking around in my head. And then...
Janet Reid, the best agent who is not my agent, offered up this on her blog. In it, she talked about the American Library in Paris Book Award.
Per their website:
Any book-length prose fiction or nonfiction work, written originally in English, about France or the French-American encounter, will be considered by a committee of Award screeners. Nominated books must have been originally published between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
First prize is $5,000, and an all-expense paid trip to the City Of Light. So of course, I have to enter. Unfortunately, I do have to write (and print, as in, "publish") the damn thing. In fact, the way I see it, the contest presents five challenges:
1. Come up with an idea for a novel.
2. Write it.
3. Write it by June 1, or better said, at least six weeks before June 1 to allow for editing and printing.
4. Get it physically published.
5. Win it.
Piece of cake...right? (Or should I say gâteau?)
Since there is no way I could get it published through one of the "big houses," even if I had an agent, I'll probably tap the owner of the best bookstore IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD and see if he will assume the mantle of publisher, as he did for Haunting Valley.
It's off to the races, my friends.