Latest Pitch Update for Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Submission

I’m making updates to the “Pitch” based on input from some very generous and informed novelists, editors, and bloggers:

The People In Between:  A Cyprus Odyssey

The Berlin Wall fell in 1990 and the Iron Curtain in ’91. Outlasting them both is a Green Line on a map, marking the DMZ that cuts through the heart of Nicosia, Cyprus’s capital city. When she is invited to tend an artist’s gallery, Nora Johansson embarks on an adventure to the Mediterranean, where she finds romance with an easygoing man. He shows her the charms of sunny Cyprus, along with its turbulent history—a history still in the making where its citizens lack a national identity.

Nora’s terminally ill father reveals a family secret: her mother, who died while giving birth, had a younger sister who may still live in Cyprus.  Nora begins a search for her lost aunt. The search is put on hold when she returns to the United States to follow her dream of becoming a diplomat,

In time, when Nora is posted to the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, she reunites with her lover and resumes the search for her aunt.  Their search uncovers more secrets that tie them together in ways they never imagined. Nora becomes permanently linked to the united people in a country no longer divided.

Gregory S. Lamb - PDX Author

Submissions for Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award for 2013 open in just under two weeks.  The first obstacle for an Indie Author is to be among the first of the 10,000 submissions accepted before Amazon shuts the door.  That may prove to be a bigger challenge than most Indies are ready for.

Regardless, I built my submission package (Manuscript, Excerpt, Pitch and Bio/photo etc).  I’m posting the “Pitch” here to get used to seeing it and making changes according to recommendations from anyone stumbling onto this blog:

The People In Between:  A Cyprus Odyssey, by Gregory S. Lamb

Kiraz “Nora” Johansson born to a family whose history was shaped by the conflicts in Cyprus during the ’60s and ’70s. Growing up in America’s heartland and raised by her father, she yearns to learn everything about her deceased mother. In her early twenties, Nora accepts an invitation to tend an artist’s gallery…

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