“Julius Wright” selected for Round 2 of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Category: Books

I’ve decided to try submitting some of my works to various independent novel contests. One of the biggest around is the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (or ABNA), which is great because it is hosted by Amazon and CreateSpace. Since I use both of those services to self publish (search for The Human Algorithm on Amazon or CreateSpace), this was a no brainer.

Now I had to decide what book to submit. So far, I have written the 3 novels for “The Algorithm Trilogy”. The first is already self published, which doesn’t disqualify it from this contest, but I wanted to focus on a different title. I didn’t think it would be a good idea to submit the second or third in the trilogy without the first. That left me with just my newest offering, freshly typed up last November during NaNoWriMo. The working title is The Long Life of Julius Wright.

ABNA was targeting about 10,000 submissions (no official report on how many they got), that would be submitting to 5 different categories.  The first round was a review of a 300 word “pitch”.  Of the 10,000 entrants, 20% (about 2,000) would be selected for round 2.  The following rounds will review a 5,000 word excerpt, the entire manuscript, and finally a community vote for the winner.

After waiting for an entire month, ABNA released the selected pitches, and The Long Life of Julius Wright was accepted into the second round!  Below is the pitch that made it.  I will post again when I get the results for Round 3 (after another month).

After 70 long years, Julius Wright is finally dying. He has spent the last 40 years in doctor’s care, and his last wish is to send a package to the FBI. A package that he claims contains an account of his life from struggling student to a rich entrepreneur who had it all, and his descent into mental incapacitation. The package is not just a record, but the memories themselves.

Will Taylor of the FBI is the agent who gets the cases that no other department would dare touch. Cases like a crazy man’s dying wish to share his memories. Agent Taylor is the only one who can see that there is more to the story of Julius Wright and he is soon proven correct.

In Julius’ memories, the days repeat themselves, like echoes of reality. And then there is the box. A simple leather bound box, with a lid concealing a single plastic red cover and a metallic bat switch. Every night Julius makes a choice. If he flips the switch, his life proceeds like normal, but if he doesn’t activate the box, time will rewind to the beginning of the day, with no one but Julius aware of the repetition. A fresh start; the opportunity to correct the past day’s mistakes.
Agent Taylor relives Julius’ past as he confesses the details of his extraordinarily long life. He watches the days that Julius repeated over and over until he achieved perfection in wealth, life and love. So how did Julius, who had it all, end up alone and incapacitated for the past 40 years? Only his memories will tell.