Just in case any of you aspiring writers out there are interested, now is the time to enter your 50,000-150,000 word novel into Amazon’s contest. I put Vodnik in the running for this last year, and I got a Publisher’s Weekly review out of it, which was kind of fun. You keep the rights to your work, and if you win, you get a 25,000 dollar contract with Penguin. Good luck with that. 🙂 I entered Ichabod this year, just because it’s batty enough to give it a shot. I’ll keep you up to date on how it goes this time around. It looks like they’ve increased the entry pool, so it might be more challenging this go round. If anyone else enters, I’d love to hear about it and root for you, too. You’ve got until the 8th, or until they get 10,000 entries–whichever comes first. The first round cuts it down to 2,000 based solely on your “pitch.” From there, they trim based on your excerpt, then based on your manuscript. If you’ve got a novel kicking around somewhere, why not give it a shot? Doesn’t seem like you’ve got much to lose . . .