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Wednesday News: Low cost battery search is on; Amazon Breakthrough Contest...

Wifi visualization

Starting January 14, authors can enter the contest in one of five categories—general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction—for the chance to win a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing. A finalist will be chosen in each category, and a Grand Prize winner will then be selected by Amazon customers and receive a $50,000 advance. The remaining finalists will also receive a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing, with a $15,000 advance. This year’s ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published English-language novels, which can be submitted from January 14, 2013 through January 27, 2013. The five finalists will be announced on May 21, and the Grand Prize winner will be announced during a special ceremony at Amazon headquarters in Seattle in June.

Up to 10,000 eligible entries will be accepted for the ABNA contest this year. The top 400 entries from each category will advance to the second round. Amazon reviewers will then read excerpts of the entries and narrow the pool to 100 titles in each category. In the subsequent round, reviewers from Publishers Weekly will read, review and rate the full manuscripts to find the top five semi-finalists for each category. Amazon Publishing editors will then choose a finalist in each of the five categories. In the final stage of the contest, customers will vote for a Grand Prize winner.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. MrsJoseph
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 08:38:39

    I love the idea of Karma! I think I may try it for the holidays…

  2. Ann Somerville
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 20:34:16

    “Seriously this means if you pee in your jeans, you could power your battery, right?”

    The chemicals in your wee would probably stuff this up :)

  3. Fiona McGier
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 20:57:23

    So are we always walking through all of those wi-fi signals? Will this be something we discover years from now that causes cancer? Sigh…How come scientists never ask themselves, “Just because we CAN do this, should we?”

  4. Ann Somerville
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 00:04:18

    @Fiona McGier:

    “How come scientists never ask themselves, “Just because we CAN do this, should we?” ”

    Actually, they do ask themselves this, and if they don’t, the ethics committees overseesing research grants will.

    But you don’t have to worry”

    “Using a mobile or wi-fi doesn’t cause cancer and poses no damage to health, according to a new study.”

    You’re honestly many more times more at risk from solar radiation and carcinogens like tobacco and processed meat, than you are from electromagnetic radiation.

    The risk of EMF (electromagnetic fields) has been studied to death, just because of worries of people like yourself. There is no proof whatsoever of any links to cancer or other illnesses from background EMF, and a lot of evidence supporting the contrary position that it does *not* cause illness.

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