When I entered Russian Snows into the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novelist Award contest, I had just finished writing the manuscript and my wife and I had each given it one pass of editing.  At 115,000 words, the story was too long for its intended Young Adult audience.  (I must throw in here that many adults have read and enjoyed the book, not just young adults).
Now that the book is trimmed to a svelte 51,000 words, it is a much better fit.  As a self-published book, Russian Snows is eligible for the contest and repeat entries are allowed.
Because the length of the story was given as one of the reasons for its elimination from last year's contest, I want to see how it will do this year in its final version.
 


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