You didn't think I meant the billionaire club, did you?
Not that 1%.
Every year Amazon hosts a breakthrough novel award in partnership with Penguin Publishing and Publishers Weekly. (Yeah, I heard it. That was a mouthful)
Anyway, they accept 5,000 Young Adult Entries and the Artist convinced me to enter. (Believe me, it was a hard sell! I never told anyone I entered because it would be too tiring to tell everyone that I lost.) Those 5,000 get whittled down to an eventual winner.
I've been whittled a few times.
Tuesday they announced the 50 semi-finalists.
I am one of them.
Somehow I survived when they cut the other 99%.
And now I can say that at least when it comes to Amazon breakthrough novels, I am the 1%.
And mostly I just want to say thank you to everyone who believed when I didn't.