Congrats to the five category winners in this year Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The exposure they are getting is great, and soon there will be one overall winner from the 10,000 who entered back in January. I wish all five of them the best of luck!
For those who are considering entering for 2014, here is the link to six lessons that I learned from the process that might be helpful. Last year one of my novels was a quarter-finalist and two made the finals of the Faulkner-Wisdom Novel contest. All the best.
Also, I would strongly recommend reading your novels out loud when you edit, and do it more than once. You'll be surprised by what you catch and the changes you make.
Here are links to some of my author-to-author interviews of first novelists:
Ivy Ngeow author of Cry of the Flying Rhino, winner of the 2016 Proverse Prize.
Golda Mowe author of Iban Dream and Iban Journey.
Preeta Samarasan author of Evening is the Whole Day.
Chuah Guat Eng, author of Echoes of Silence and Days of Change.
Five part Maugham and Me series
Beheaded on Road to Nationhood: Sarawak Reclaimed—Part I