Friday, July 6, 2012

Exciting news! ABNA Contest Winners Announced!

Hello Readers,

So I'm a little late in posting this, but I would like to share this fabulous news with you. A little over a month ago, I posted about the ABNA contest and said that you should all vote for Regina Sirois' book On Little Wings because it is amazing.

Well SHE WON! I can't tell you how excited I am. I have got to know Regina on a professional level and have enjoyed working with her. She is delightful to work with and I have loved getting to know her.

Here is the official press release that she sent me:

Earlier this week, customers around the world cast their votes and, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace announced the winners of this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) at a special ceremony held at The Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.  Alan Averill is the Grand Prize winner in the general fiction category for his novel, “The Beautiful Land,” while Regina Sirois was awarded the Grand Prize in the young adult fiction group for her novel, “On Little Wings.” Both authors have received a publishing contract from Penguin Group (USA) that includes a $15,000 advance. “The Beautiful Land” and “On Little Wings” will be published by Berkley Books and Viking Books for Young Readers, respectively. The novels are now available for pre-order on
This year's competition drew thousands of submissions from aspiring writers around the world – the most entries in the history of the contest. Through several rounds of judging, six finalists rose to the top. An expert panel of authors, agents and editors weighed in with comments on the finalists’ work, and in the end, customers voted to select the winners.
“Today's winners were chosen by customers, which is one thing that makes ABNA so special,” said Nader Kabbani, Director of Independent Publishing at Amazon.  “This contest not only recognizes talented authors but also connects them directly with readers looking to discover great new writers. We congratulate Alan and Regina, whose work clearly resonated with customers.”
Tim McCall, Penguin Group (USA) Vice President of Online Sales and Marketing said, “Penguin is always looking for talented new writers to bring to our readers.  We were thrilled to see the many promising manuscripts entered in this year’s competition by writers who aspire to be published by Penguin. We look forward to publishing Alan’s and Regina’s novels.”
Hailing from Seattle, Alan Averill, a former “video game script doctor,” wrote a draft of “The Beautiful Land” as a part of National Novel Writing Month, a movement that challenges writers to complete a novel in 30 days.  “The Beautiful Land” is a story of two people in love from the moment they met but destined to be apart forever.  Thanks to a time machine and a mysterious invention buried deep in the Australian Outback, they now have one more chance to get it right. One customer reviewer writes: “From the opening statement to the last quote, [it] had me excited all the way through. The prose is strong, descriptive in a quirky way, charming and unique. The characters are extremely memorable. I can't wait to read how they will be interacting with one another later in the story.”
If you have not already read this novel, you have to read it! Her novel is incredible and is still one of my favorites of the year. It's easily in my top five books I've read this year and maybe even the top three.  This book is set to be released in August 2013. 
Congratulations once again, Regina. You definitely deserve this. Best of luck with all you do. And readers, trust me on this one. Be sure to read this book. You won't regret it. Also, here's Regina's website if you want more information or just want to congratulate her. 
Danica Page

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