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ABNA: So Much for the Novel Contest

For those of you who know about the book: ┬áit made it into the top 100, but Labyrinth of Night didn’t make the cut to the final three.

Ah well. Back to looking for an agent the old-fashioned way.

8 comments to ABNA: So Much for the Novel Contest

  • Who have you contacted in your agent search?

  • “Labyrinth of Night” was a novel by Allen Steele set on Mars. Written around 1991.

  • Bob

    I love what I’ve read so far. I’m looking forward to getting more info on life on Mars, and the Ares III mission.

  • “Labyrinth of Night” is the English translation of Noctis Labyritha (sp?) which is a large set of canyons at the western end of Valles Marineris. It’s like naming a novel set on the Moon “The Sea of Tranquility.”

  • I was mightily disappointed when I discovered that Steele had already used the same title, but then I consoled myself with the fact that I had never heard of Allen Steele before that. It’s a working title, subject to change if need be.

    I was even more disappointed that there is already a science fiction author using the same version of my name I use for professional purposes (T.L. James). That’s not quite as easy to change, given the limited number of suitable variations available.

    Have sent query letters to several agents (not going to name them here) over the past year-plus, no bites.

  • I recently read the 18-page “Labyrinth of Night” over at Amazon’s website. Is there more to the story? If the novel hasn’t been published, how is it that Publishers Weekly was able to review it? Confused.

  • Yes, there is an entire novel, complete. Still looking for a publisher.

    Publisher’s Weekly reviewed it as one of the “perks” of the ABNA contest – those making it into the top 100 received a review (and Labyrinth got a good one, I’m happy to say).

  • Have you considered self publishing at Lulu.com? It is a great place to publish and sell your book. No need waiting for a publisher, they will help you do it all even marketing and web site creation.