About an hour ago, it was announced that American Dream On had bested 80% of its competition in the General Fiction category of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and has moved on to the second round.

Given that was based exclusively on the pitch I wrote, which I had the least confidence in of all elements (pitch, excerpt, manuscript), I’m wildly excited to be through to the next round. Not only does this mean that I have a chance of continuing on toward winning the contest and getting a contract with Penguin, but it means I’ve written a compelling pitch statement that can be used for other submission prospects.