Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award~5 Winners from 10,000

On Monday I was astonished to discover that Beauty and the Barbarian made it into the quarter finals of the ABNA awards. This is a huge contest that I only learned about when the winners were announced last year. ABNA the biggest contest I've ever entered. They cap the entries at 10,000. Their five novel-length fiction categories are:

  1. General Fiction
  2. Mystery & Thriller
  3. Romance
  4. Science fiction/fantasy/horror
  5. Young Adult
I entered Beauty and the Barbarian into the Romance genre. In March they made the first elimination based on the book's pitch, and selected four-hundred entries from each category. Monday, they announced the quarter finalists, naming the top 100 in each genre. Amazon's Vine Reviewers judged 3-5000 word excerpts, and those reviews will be posted on Amazon's site soon.

The people moving to the semi-finals will each receive a review of their full manuscript from Publisher's Weekly....but here's the rub...only five people from each of the categories will move to the semi-finals, and only their manuscripts will be reviewed by the Amazon Publishing judging panel.

In the final round, the number one candidate in each genre will receive a $15,000 advance and a publishing contract from Amazon Publishing, except for the grand prize winner who will receive a $50,000 advance and publishing contract.

Holy smokes! Honestly, I'm happy to be in the quarter finals. As I mentioned, the excerpts will be posted on Amazon for customers to read and review (soon). Regardless if I advance, I'll get a PW review that I can use for marketing purposes, and the little bit of advertising by being in the top 100 can't hurt.

I'm always nervous about entering contests. They are subjective, and sometimes the feedback can be deflating. But this has been fun and fairly painless--definitely an adventure I can recommend!

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  1. Congratulations! That's excellent!

    A friend of mine made it to this round last year, and her Publisher's Weekly review was glowing. She used it for marketing purposes, like you said, and I think it helped. Best of luck to you!

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    1. Thanks, Shelley! I know this whole thing is crazy. I think it's good to just roll with it without any expectations!

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  2. Congratulations! I want to grow up to be you!

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    1. Ha ha, Pat! You've made huge strides yourself :-)

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  3. Wow, congrats! That's a huge achievement, no matter how much further you go (but of course, we all wish for the best :) ).

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    1. Thanks, SC, and good luck with your pitch contest. I hope some of those folks get signed!

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  4. Wow Amy Congratulations and All the best for future rounds - New follower here and yes Happy Blitz day.

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  5. Congratulations Amy! Good Luck in the finals. And, enjoy your Blitz day!
    Happy writing,
    Anne

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  6. Congrats on how far you've gotten. Hope you get further.

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  7. Wonderful news, Amy. Best of luck and Happy Blitz Day!

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  8. Awesome news, Amy - congrats to you!!

    And Happy Blitz Day too :D

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  9. Exciting. Congratulations and Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Ha...It's kind of "reserved" exciting. LOL

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  10. Congratulations, Amy. I wish you the best in the next round, and HAPPY BLITZ DAY!

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  11. Oh wow congratulations! You must have danced around your living room with a huge grin when you got the news! That's something to be really proud of and I hope you do advance into the semi-finals. Good luck and well done.

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    1. I usually dance around, but it was my husband's day off and he was in a bad mood, so I just wiggled a bit in my chair :-)

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  12. Congrats on making the quarter finals!

    And happy Blitz Day!

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  13. What a huge accomplishment! Congrats on making it to the quarter finals! I hope you will be able to advance even further.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  14. That's a great accomplishment. Congrats!

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  15. Congrats on the contest! That's so awesome. Happy Blitz Day!

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  16. DL was right in the email... Those pictures you have are swoon worthy!! Today you and I getting Blitzed together!! Also, congrats!! Happy Blitz Day!!

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  17. Congratulations!! I'm so jazzed for you. I can't wait to hear if you make it to the next step. I'll be rooting for you.

    (I was a quarterfinalist in 2012 in the YA category.)

    Happy Blog Blitz Day!

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  18. Congats on making the quarter finals!!! Hope you make the next cut also.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  19. Oh, that's sensational, Amy, huge congratulations to you! I'll be cheering you on to the next step! Happy Blitz Day!

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  20. Congrats on your recognition and Happy Blitz day. :)

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  21. Wow, Amy! Go, Amy, Go! Wishing you luck and a Happy Blitz Day!

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  22. congrats and continued good luck Happy Blitz Day

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  23. super congrats on making it into the quarter finals!

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  24. That's awesome!!! Just so happens I have a couple hundred of my friends with me to congratulate you! You've been BLITZED!!! Enjoy! :)

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  25. Holy swoon page! Congratulations on making it to the quarter finals. WOOT! Just hopping over from the Alleyway to wish you a Happy BLITZ DAY! Have a fabulous weekend.

    Sheri at Writer's Alley

    Home of Rebel Writer CREED 2014
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  26. How exciting! I'm so stoked for you. That's amazing news and I've got my toes crossed that you'll make it to the next round. Whether you do or not, that's epic.

    Happy blitz day!

    True Heroes from A to Z

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  27. Woohoo, congratulations! Great to meet you through the Blog Blitz team. Enjoy the day!

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  28. What exciting news! (And an absolutely nerve-racking wait...) GOOD LUCK!
    Oh, and HAPPY BLITZ DAY!

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    1. Yep, I'm trying not to think about the wait. I've got tons of work on my plate, which is good!

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  29. hello, again. m'Lady Amy... have a great Happy Blitz day :) cheers :)

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    1. Hey, Seumas! Great to see you here :-)

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  30. Congrats on this momentous achievement. I am so thrilled for you! Making it to the quarter finals means you've got a winner there. Continued good luck with it!

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  31. Wow, congratulations - good luck! And happy blitz day

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  32. Congratulations on making it to the quarter finals!

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  33. Congratulations!!! That's a major accomplishment. Good luck through the next round. And happy Blitz Day.

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  34. Wow! Congratulations and good luck! Happy blitz day! :)

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  35. Happy Blitz Day to you. Thought I was getting an early start; but holy smokes looks like you've been inundated already. Congrats on your journey so far and best of luck for the next cut. Hope things work out for you. I don't know anything about the awards, or those initials you mentioned; but need to mention your blog to my SIL, she's a published author of Children's Books, and I think has just recently got involved with Amazon.

    Bridge and Beyond Blitz

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    1. Yep--Amazon is a great power in the force!

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  36. May I add my voice to your congratulations and Happy Blitz day!

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  37. Congratulations and Good Luck!

    And Happy Blitz Day!

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  38. Congratulations! And happy blitz!

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  39. That is fantastic news! Congratulation and best of luck!
    I love your covers. They are awesome.
    BAZINGA! You've been blitzed!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Heather

    Heather M. Gardner
    The Waiting is the Hardest Part
    Stormy's Sidekick
    Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Co-Host

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    1. Kim Killion is the cover designer. She's a genius!

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  40. Congratulations and good luck!
    Happy Blitz=)

    Katie Doyle at Writing, Reading, and Life

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  41. Congrats on making it so far! One of my young adult novels made it to the Semi-Finals in a previous year, which was pure wonderful-ness :-) Enjoy your BLITZ DAY!!

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    1. Congratulations back, Christina! Fun times :-)

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  42. Congratulations and hope you win. All the best. Romance is my favourite genre too.
    Happy blitz day.
    http://www.inderpreetkaur.blogspot.in/2014/04/oh-did-i.html?m=1

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    1. I love all types of genres, but had to pick one, and settled on romance because #1 I enjoy it and #2 it has a solid following.

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  43. That's great news. I hope you win! Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Hi Sherry! Haven't seen you for a while!

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  44. WOW Congratulations!! That's so awesome! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you :D
    Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Thanks AJ --- hey, those are my initials, too!

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  45. Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment, and you should feel very proud of yourself. Good luck! I hope your book wows 'em.

    And, just look at how many people are here to help you celebrate. Happy Blitz Day! Enjoy.

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  46. Wow! How far out and fun is that? Congratulations!
    And HAPPY BLITZ DAY!

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  47. Best of luck to you in the contest and happy Blitz Day!

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  48. Good luck in the rest of the contest! I know how proud you must be to make it that far. Happy Blitz Day!

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  49. Congrats! I am excited for you~ Cheers and Happy Blitz Day to you~

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  50. Congratulations on making the quarter finals. That's huge! Good luck and Happy Blitz Day.

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    1. That's what I say LD...the rest is luck :-)

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    2. Congratulations on you achievement!

      And Happy Blitzering:)

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  51. Hi, Amy. Wow, this is awesome news!! What a perfect post to discover a new writing blog. How exciting! Congratulations and best of luck!

    Happy Blitz Day!! :)

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  52. Congratulations! Making it the quarter finals is awesome!
    Happy Blitz Day

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    1. Yep, gotta celebrate everything positive, I say!

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  53. Congratulations on making quarter-finals! Contests can be so subjective, but it feels so gratifying when you actually make it in.

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    1. Yes, I hate the subjectivity of contests...have fallen victim to that before.

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  54. Congratulations! What a great accomplishment for you & your story. It's awesome that readers will be able to r&r the quarter-final excerpts.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Yes...the reviews went up today. Not sure when the excerpts will be live. this is all new to me!

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  55. Wow! This is amazing! Hope you go all the way! Happy blitz day!

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  56. Congratulations and Happy Blitz Day!!!! :D

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  57. How exciting! I hope you win. :)

    Happy Blitz Day.

    RB

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  58. Congratulations! I've been in ABNA the last 4 years, and it's a lot of fun, even if it is nerve-wracking. Good luck!

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    1. I try not to think about the nerve-wracking part :-)

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  59. Exciting news! Things have a way of happening unexpectedly – like Blitz days. Best of luck on your entry.

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  60. Good luck in the contest and happy Blitz day.

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  61. Congratulations on reaching the quarterfinals!! That's amazing news.

    Hello from the Blitz!

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  62. WOW!!!! Good luck making it to the semi-finals...I hope you get all the way to the top! Congrats for making it this far though - what an accomplishment! And happy blitz day! :o) Cheers, marci (http://fuzzyundertones.com)

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  63. Good luck in the contest, and I hope you enjoy your Blitz Day! :)

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    1. OMG, there are a lot of people on the Blitz Team!

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  64. Congratulations on reaching the quarter finals. Great for marketing and so close to the finals.

    I hope you're enjoying your blog blitz :)

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  65. CONGRATULATIONS AMY!!! That is fantastic! And what better way to celebrate it than by being blitzed!

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  66. Congratulations and best of luck in ABNA, Amy! What a fabulous accomplishment.

    Oh, and happy Blitz Day! :)
    VR Barkowski

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  67. Congratulations Amy. That's fabulous. And now you're are blitzed too. It's a great weekend to celebrate. Enjoy. Maria, Delight Directed Living

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  68. Best of luck to you on the contest.

    Sucks that horror has to play with the fantasy and sci-fi group. And poor young adult...easily able to join any of the other four groups! Genres... tricky tricky things.

    Have a Blitz-rific day.

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    1. True...I often complain when Scottish historical romances are put up against regency. The tone is soooo different with action/adventure a must with Scottish!

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  69. I don't enter contests, so congratulations for doing it and doing so well. Happy Blitz Day.

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  70. It's a tough contest Amy. Congratulations on making it to the quarter finals--that's a big thing and the PW is some pretty good icing. You're right about contests, they're subjective and sometimes deflating but I've learned a lot from entering contests. Here's hoping you advance further!

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  71. Congrats!!! Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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  72. Good going, Amy. It takes courage to put our work in competition. Well done.

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    1. Hi J.L. I always say you've got to be in it to win it :-)

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  73. Happy Blitzday. Cool blog you have here.

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  74. Good luck and Happy Blitz Day

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  75. Hmmm, I see DL was right about all the hunky guy pictures on your site ... not that I was, um, looking ...
    HAPPY BLITZ DAY!!!!

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  76. Best of luck with the contest and Happy Blitz Day! P.S. - love the roses... and the abs!

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  77. Congrats and best of luck! Happy Blitz Day! I hope you have a great weekend.

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  78. Good luck with the contest, and Happy Blitz Day!

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  79. Congrats, Amy! That's amazing! I got knocked out first round this year!

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    1. Sorry, Stephen...some stupid muttonhead must have reviewed your pitch!

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  80. Congratulations on your achievement--- no matter what comes next, the quarterfinals is huge! How exciting!! I'll keep my fingers crossed for your book to continue to win. Happy Blitz Day!

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  81. Congratulations! Even getting that far is amazing. Way to go, and happy blitz day! :)

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  82. That is really cool! I wish you all the best in the rest of the rounds! It's nice to meet you with DL's Blitz Crew!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

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  83. This is amazing. Congrats! Enjoy another victory of sorts. You've been blitzed.

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  84. Awesome news! Happy Blitz Day! :)

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  85. Wow, Happy Blitz Day and congratulations on being a quarter-finalist! Red Letter Day :-) Lovely pictures on your site. Talking about the roses, of course ... right.

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  86. This is fantastic news, Amy! Congrats! Wishing you and B&TB super success!

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  87. What an exciting bit of news! That would be such a thrill to have made it this far in the contest. Good luck and happy blitz day!

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  88. Congratulations Amy. Hope you make it to the finals, too. All the best dear and a Happy Blitz Day :)

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  89. Well done, and cute pup pics below! Happy Blitz Day.

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    1. Hey, Charmaine -- so happy someone noticed my dogs. They're my babies!

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  90. Congratulations! I think you were brave to enter in the first place. Hope you enjoy the Blitz...and go on to win the contest.

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  91. Congratulations on your progress in the contest and for your Blitz Day.

    You really got blitzed!

    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  92. I've entered ABNA the last few years, but I'm terrible at queries so I never advance. At least I recognize it, right?

    Congratulations, and you've been blitzed!

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    1. Lauren...I'm awesome at queries, have even won query contests. Send me yours and I'll edit it for you!!

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  93. Congrats on reaching the quarter finals of the ABNA awards!
    HAPPY BLOG BLITZ!

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  94. Happy Blitz day, Amy.
    Like your blog. I'll return to you.

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  95. Somehow my comment from yesterday got swallowed up, so I'm back to say CONGRATULATIONS and Happy Blitz Day!

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  96. Congratulations! Happy blitz day!

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