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March 2015



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A finalist!

I know I have no business posting this to my LJ account, simply because I haven't posted anything but Twitter updates for so long, but the news is so good I "had to." If you filtered back through my posts for the past two years (STOP! Don't really do it!) you'd find a lot of them refer to my novel, Gutenberg's Other Book. I started planning it about three years ago, started writing it in January of 2009. Then when I was 3/4 of the way through, it just wasn't making it for me, so I sent it off to Jason at Plot to Punctuation to see if he could help. His critique and that of my wife's convinced me that I needed to start over. So I started from scratch with the same story concept for NaNoWriMo in November and finished a pretty reasonable draft. Then I went to work scrubbing and rewriting in December and January and came up with a first few chapters and synopsis that I felt really comfortable with. No. I actually like them. A lot. I was at the post box for PNWA ten minutes before it closed on the final day entries in their Literary Competition were accepted and sent it in.

This morning the president of PNWA called to tell me that Gutenberg's Other Book is a finalist in the Mystery/Thriller category. WOW! If this is like last year, there were about 500 entries in Mystery/Thriller and there are 8 finalists. I feel like a winner already. Three are chosen for cash awards at the conference in July where I get to wear a ribbon on my nametag that says "Finalist." I am just blown away. Now I need to finish polishing this draft and get a pretty, fresh one printed before the conference (just in case ;-)). I just hope that I've chosen the right agents for my apointments at The 2010 PNWA Writers Conference.

Wow! Again.


I have no right to comment on your blog entry because I have to admit that I haven't been reading your twitter updates, but that is super exciting!

That's awesome. Congrats, Nathan! :)