Thank you

Here it is, Day Three of the Semifinals, and I am overwhelmed and touched by the level of support from across the country and around the world. Thank you for taking the time to read my excerpt, write a review, and pass on the information to your family and friends.

So much of this book is about community. How fitting and remarkable that you are driving much of this review process–a grassroots effort to spread the word about THE SILENCE OF TREES.

I will continue to post here and on my journal at as the process continues, and I hope to someday be able to share the entire novel with you.

My entry is an ABNA Semifinalist!

I received my email announcing that I have made it into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist Round! Now the grassroots effort begins to rally friends and family to download the book and review it.

The link to my ABNA Contest entry is:

The following is from my congratulatory email:

“Thank you for participating in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. We received thousands of submissions and were impressed by the incredible talent and creativity seen in the entries. We are happy to inform you that you have been selected as a semi-finalist.

You can find your entry on via the following link: , and access the main contest page where all entries are located at

When you can, please download the excerpt and give it a read and review. Voters must have an account to download, rate and review excerpts. Voting ends at 11:59:59 p.m. on February 28, 2008.

The Official Rules of this next Semifinals phase are on the Amazon ABNA Web site. They also offer you, the Customer Reviewer, incentive prizes for reviewing, including an Amazon Kindle, a $2,000 gift certificate, and an HP photo printer) for providing the most–and the most high-quality–reviews.

I will continue to post more information here and on the main Web site.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned!

Chopping Wood

Albert Einstein once said, “People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.”

Writing is not like chopping wood. One spends months, often years, working on a manuscript. Most of the work is solitary, and much of the time is spent revising. In the end (especially if you’re a “beginner”), the next phase is months, often years, spent writing query letters, sending off excerpts and synopses, waiting to hear back from agents, then waiting to hear from publishers.

Waiting, waiting, waiting. So much time spent waiting.

Now there is another thing to wait for, another “magical date”: January 15.

My writing was deemed “eligible” by the Amazon Higher Powers. As one of the official 5000, I must wait until sometime before January 15, when Amazon announces the 1,000 Semi Finalists.

I suppose I’ll get back to work on the next manuscript.