I am going to finish my book by January 14 so I can enter it into the Amazon contest.
What the Hell, right?
In the past I have thought of doing this but this is the first time I have actually been close enough where it is entirely feasible to enter it.
If I am able to enter it (there is a limit to the number of entries), I will have a 1/10,000 chance to win. Not great odds, but better than my current odds and definitely better than my odds if I never enter it or try to get it published another way.
If I lose, I can always change it and shop it around or publish it on my own or whatever.
However, if I become a finalist, I win money and some level of notoriety, which will still help me. If I win one of the prizes, even if it's not the grand prize... Well, that would be pretty extraordinary.