The Pilgrim Glass is a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novels Award for 2009.
Can I get a WOOT?
I figured, what the hell. There were 10,000 entries, and 500 quarterfinalists - which were selected based only on the pitch letter and the first 50 pages. The two reviews there are rather divergent - well, you can't please everyone.
So what happens next is Amazon customers read and review the excerpts, then folks from Penguin cut it down to 100 semifinalists in mid-April, and then a group of 10 finalists by early May, I think. From there, a group of experts (Sue Monk Kidd, Sue Grafton, a Penguin Editor, and an agent) choose the final 3, and there's an event in NYC to pick the final winner (who gets a publishing contract with Penguin).
I'm under no illusion that I'll make it to the finals, but it's still kinda good for my ego (and my muse). If you're bored, take a moment to download the excerpt and write a review. Thanks!